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MOI starts off 2024 with a surgery camp for 50 children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.


50 children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus received treatment at a surgery camp coordinated by MOI in collaboration with ASBAHT (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania) under the sponsorship of MO Dewji Foundation. During an interview at the first phase of the surgery camp, Dr. Hamisi Shabani, expert neurosurgeon at MOI, said: “The total number of children in this program is 50. In this first phase of surgery, 25 children have undergone surgery and on May 4, 2024, the remaining 25 children will undergo surgery to complete the goals of this camp. These children are being operated on using advanced technology of open surgery, ETV, a procedure that allows a patient to return home within a few days after the surgery”

He mentioned that Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus remain significant issues in this country, with statistics indicating that 7500 children are born with these conditions annually.“Last year, MOI successfully treated 800 children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, highlighting the significant number of children still in need of care,” stated Dr. Shabani.

Amina Ramadhan, the Project Coordinator at MO Dewji Foundation, said that this aid aims to provide children with the necessary treatment and hopefully help them return to their normal lives. “Every child’s life is valuable. Even if the number of children exceeds 50, we will explore ways to support them despite setting a goal of 50 children this year. We are grateful to MOI and the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania (ASBAHT) for their collaboration.”