Neurosurgery – A Critical Need in Gabon

Africa has only 1% of the neurosurgical workforce in the world, with about 2,000 neurosurgeons working continent-wide, serving a population of 1.3 billion people. We are committed to assisting in resolving this critical issue through our training efforts. We aim to continue to provide training programs to Gabon surgeons who have, to date, few opportunities to learn the advanced techniques available in the USA. 

Changing the World of Medicine in Gabon, Africa

Gabon lies on the west coast of the continent of Africa. A former French colony, residents speak both Bantu languages and French. Lying in the equatorial region, Gabon is hot and humid, with about ¾ of the land covered by a dense rainforest. Most of the people in the country reside in the largest city, Libreville, with the rest scattered in rural villages. Many residents work in the forestry, mining, and oil industries, all of which are high-risk, with spinal cord and brain injuries far too common

Healthcare facilities in Gabon are inadequate, with most healthcare services provided by the government. Doctors training in the country may attend the University of Health Sciences or the University of Science and Technology. Many students travel abroad to complete their studies due to the lack of local resources. The Hunt Foundation is actively involved in supporting medical professionals in the country through specialized training programs in neurology.

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Neurology Training in Gabon The Hunt Foundation

Local surgeons in Gabon, through the efforts of the Hunt Foundation, can gain access to training on some of the most critical neurological surgeries, including emergency neurosurgery, to save the lives of patients. The surgeons are trained in minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques, base of skull surgeries, cervical spine surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and other critical surgical techniques that were not offered in the country. 

Equipping Neurosurgical Suites

When performing advanced spine neurosurgery, the operating room must be equipped with the technologies that allow for minimally invasive approaches. The Hunt Foundation's efforts will include ensuring surgical suites are equipped with the necessary technology and local surgeons have access to training materials and practical experience to carry healthcare forward in the country. We invite you to participate in supporting our training programs in Gabon to create an equitable healthcare system for the people of this beautiful country, where surgeons can treat complex spine disorders, spinal trauma, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and scoliosis, among other conditions.

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