Operation Hernia 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Operation Hernia 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Over 100 supporters of Operation Hernia gathered at a splendid Gala Evening held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Plymouth on Friday 8th April 2016. Our Patron, Lord Ribeirio, attended the dinner along with Dr Linda Vanotoo who is a Medical Director in the Ministry of Health in Accra, Ghana. It was so good that both our patron and Linda could join us, especially as Linda had travelled from Ghana. Both Lord Ribeirio and Dr Vanotoo gave inspiring talks, underling the importance of the work of Operation Hernia in low income countries

Mr Chris Oppong, Chair of the Trustees of Operation Hernia, summarised the development of the organisation and its significant achievements over the last 10 years. We received greetings from Dr Ravindranath Tongaonkar, one of the pioneers of using low cost mesh for hernia repair, and from Prof Roger Simmermacher in Holland. Various video presentations from overseas were shown including one from Prof Guido Schuermann, a surgeon from Germany, who is an Operation Hernia ambassador. He has generously funded a fellowship for a Ghanaian surgeon to have specific training in hernia repair using low cost mesh as part of one of the several missions in Ghana each year.

Many volunteers who had been part of Operation Hernia missions over the last 10 years also attended the celebrations. Jacob Akoh (Consultant Surgeon), Emma Upchurch (Surgical Registrar) and Della Ball (Operating Theatre Sister) gave their personal reflections and accounts of their experience as volunteers and their stories will no doubt inspire others to also volunteer in the future.

The formal proceedings were followed by a raffle and auction, many items having been generously donated by various sponsors. Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors and also those attending the Gala Evening over £1,600 was raised and this will be used to support the further work of Operation Hernia. We look forward to the challenges of the next 10 years and hope that many more will volunteer to help with the important work that Operation Hernia performs.