Lifebox Foundation

Saving lives through safer surgery in Ethiopia

Our Big Idea is to make surgery safer in Ethiopia through providing an innovative surgical headlight coupled with training on essential teamworking skills and basic safety checks for surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1143018)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,200

Amount raised

£8,420

Donations

17

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Sometimes we operate by the light of a cell phone. It's dangerous, but with a patient on the table, where is the choice?

    — Dr Tihitena Negussie, paediatric surgeon in Ethiopia

  • I have been there when the power goes out in operating rooms around the world. It's not possible to be safe. Help Lifebox keep the lights on so our surgical colleagues can do their work saving lives.

    — Professor Atul Gawande, surgeon and Lifebox Chairman

  • I have been there when the power goes out in operating rooms around the world. It's not possible to be safe. Help Lifebox keep the lights on so our surgical colleagues can do their work saving lives.

    — Professor Atul Gawande, surgeon and Lifebox Chairman

  • Sometimes we operate by the light of a cell phone. It's dangerous, but with a patient on the table, where is the choice?

    — Dr Tihitena Negussie, paediatric surgeon in Ethiopia

Situation

Surgery is a life-saving health intervention, yet 5 billion people worldwide have no access to safe surgical care. A critical problem for safe surgery is inadequate and intermittently available surgical light which causes extensive cancellations or delays in care and can contribute to surgical errors. We will test a portable, high quality surgical headlight that specifically meets the needs of surgical providers in resource-constrained settings.

Solution

Lifebox’s project will fieldtest a rugged, portable, high-quality surgical headlight aimed at meeting the needs of healthcare workers in hospitals and health centers in low-resource settings. Through a partnership with the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA), we will assess the headlight's functionality and performance in Ethiopia, as well as deliver training workshops for local teams on how they can implement a checklist for safer surgical care.