Untreated groin hernias have significant morbidity and mortality. The unmet need for surgery is greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa where specialist surgeons are few. Groin hernia repair outputs need to increase along with the training of surgical providers in modern hernia repair methods.
There are two on-going projects in this area:
Epidemiological study on groin hernia repair in Uganda
Project partners: Pär Nordin (Umeå universitet), Jenny Löfgren (KI)
Publication: Groin Hernia Surgery in Uganda: Caseloads and Practices at Hospitals Operating Within the Publicly Funded Healthcare Sector
Implementation project on groin hernia repair in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda
Project partners: Jenny Löfgren (KI), Håkon Bolkan (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet), Jessica Beard (University of Pennsylvania)