Guinea-Bissau - Orthopedic technician training at Centro de Reabilitação Motora in Bissau
As the last mission of 2021, the SwissLimbs team traveled to Guinea-Bissau to train local orthopedic technicians on new technologies.
The nation's only rehabilitation centre is in the capital, Bissau. It has a physiotherapy department as well as orthopedic and pediatric services for the treatment of children with clubfoot. The principle causes for amputation are caused by landmines (scattered by rebels during internal conflicts), traffic accidents, poorly treated wounds, cardiovascular problems and snakebites.
The SwissLimbs team therefore went to this rehabilitation center to train the orthopedic technicians in low-cost technological innovations, thanks to SwissLimbs trainer Bernardo Gomes. During the mission 11 orthopedic technicians were trained, many of whom have no formal qualifications for the profession. Of the 8 patients who were treated, three came from Ziguinchor, in neighbouring Senegal as they have no medical facilities for amputees there.