Mission to Zanzibar: Advancing Neurosurgery in the Developing World by Ernest Wright
The majority of the world’s population does not have access to quality neurosurgical care. In places where access to clean water is not guaranteed, neurosurgery may seem like a frivolous luxury. But the reality is that a combination of birth defects, communicable diseases, and traffic accidents conspire to create a pressing demand for lifesaving neurosurgical procedures in the developing world. Adults and children die every day for lack of a trained neurosurgeon.
As the developing world continues to make advances, basic operating facilities are increasingly common at regional referral hospitals. However, the training of qualified neurosurgeons to staff these facilities continues to lag behind. An American team consisting of surgeons, physician assistants, and nurses banded together in early 2015 with the goal of teaching surgeons in developing countries how to perform basic but lifesaving neurosurgical procedures. The following is a photo essay documenting some of our experiences in the Zanzibar archipelago of islands.
One of the things I like best about photography is the ability of this medium to allow a glimpse into a world so different than our own. Not only do these pictures grant the viewer access behind the scenes of a neurosurgery unit, but they allow us to do so in a place and a culture which are foreign to many of us. I hope you enjoy the following pictures and are moved to support the work that our team is doing. Please visit our Kickstarter page to learn more, and share the link below to help spread the word about our educational mission:
Ernest Wright is a neurosurgeon, amateur photographer, and contributor of numerous guest posts to Nikon Rumors. All of his work is shot on a Nikon D700, mostly with the iconic 50mm/f1.8D lens. You can see more of his photography at www.ernestwrightphoto.com, and learn more about his professional work at www.ernestwrightmd.com.
Please note that all pictures used with permission of the individuals pictured or their guardians.
See also the Portraits of the Homies post by Ernest Wright.