Lifebox Foundation

Equipment and training for Liberian hospitals

Surgery is a life-saving health intervention yet 5 billion people worldwide have no access to safe surgery. A critical problem is lack of appropriate, robust equipment; this leads to errors and mortality. We will provide equipment and training to improve the safety of surgery for patients in Liberia

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1143018)

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£4,460

Donations

20

Championed by Friends of The Reed Foundation

  • Pregnant mothers who’ve travelled for hours, arriving in need of urgent medical attention, being exposed to the risk of unsafe anaesthesia or surgery, through a lack of resources, is something that cannot and should not, be happening in 2019. Lifebox is working to change this.

    — A UK anaesthetist speaking about Lifebox's impact on safe surgery and anaesthesia worldwide

  • Following a C-section, I placed a pulse oximeter on a newborn baby. As I was tending to other patients, I heard the beep of the Lifebox suddenly change pitch. There was a time in this hospital when this baby would have died because we did not have a monitor. Instead I could immediately attend to her

    — An anaesthesia provider in West Africa explaining how Lifebox has changed her practice

  • During a surgery to remove esophageal cancer, once the patient was asleep and the belly was open, the power went out. People quickly pulled out cellphones but the operation was on hold. Power returned, but, over the course of the case, the power went out another 3 times.

    — One surgeon shared his story of working at a large hospital in Africa

Situation

Following a long civil war and the devastating Ebola crisis, Liberian hospitals continue to struggle to provide safe surgery for patients needing even the most everyday operations, such as c-sections. Due to persistent power cuts, surgeons are frequently forced to operate with poor lighting, sometimes using just a mobile phone light to deliver a baby. Many theatres do not have basic equipment to monitor patients, and do not use a standard surgical checklist which is proven to reduce mortality.

Solution

We will provide robust, specially-adapted headlights and monitoring equipment to surgical teams in hospitals across Liberia. These come with rechargeable batteries which can be charged up overnight and used throughout a busy day in the operating theatre, even when the power fails. Alongside, we will run training in techniques to improve safety through better teamwork and encouraging the use of the Surgical Safety Checklist (a tool proven to reduce complications and deaths by as much as 40%).