Missions In Liberia
In January 2008, CSI went on its first mission to Liberia, Africa. Ravaged by years of civil war, most of Liberia’s infrastructure had been destroyed, and the need for medical attention was indeed great. In the two weeks that CSI was there, we were able to provide basic medical care to over 200 residents, perform 60 surgeries, and hold numerous lectures for local medical students.
Thanks to a close partnership with Firestone National Rubber which initiated in 2010, CSI has been able to return twice since that initial mission, both in 2010 and 2011. On average, a mission to Liberia involves 25-30 medical and non-medical volunteers. The two week mission is hosted at Firestone Hospital Duside, a hospital on the Firestone National Rubber Plantation which was rebuilt after the war. Although the majority of the surgeries performed are cleft-related, our doctors have also been able to accommodate other general pediatric and urological procedures such as hernia repair. Because the need for pediatric medical attention is so great, we have to turn away many patients each year. To in attempt to alleviate this, we provide training for local personnel so they can continue the work after we leave.
See pictures from Liberia.