The Humanitarian Services Committee selected Kenya as an additional site for humanitarian outreach. Currently, Kenya has less than 100 orthopaedic surgeons for a population of nearly 50 million and adult foot and ankle surgery is virtually non-existent.
The project takes place in Kijabe, Kenya, at two distinct hospitals – the AIC CURE Kenya Hospital and the Kijabe Mission Hospital. The CURE hospital is primarily pediatric orthopaedics with some elective adult surgery, whereas the Kijabe Mission Hospital runs more like a general hospital with acute trauma and adult reconstruction.
AOFAS volunteers work alongside well-trained Kenyan attending and resident orthopaedic surgeons in both the operating room and clinic, providing much-needed education in adult foot and ankle surgery. Volunteers are expected to do formal presentations along with teaching in clinical situations.
The inaugural trip to Kenya was in October 2019.