Today was spent visiting several hospitals here in Bamako, Mali to determine if this would be a good place to bring an Interplast surgical volunteer team. There are no plastic surgeons in Mali, a country of over 12 million people. It appears that there are only two surgeons who do cleft lip repairs, and no one who does palate repairs. The Gibreal Toure Hospital has the largest pediatric department in Mali and is the primary pediatric referral center. They are interested in lectures and teaching in all of our specialties.
To read more about Dr. Bill Schneider and his site evaluation trip to Africa, please visit the Developing World Site Evaluation blog.