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The André Onana Foundation’s Surgery Campaign Helps More Than 500 Children In Cameroon Thanks To An Agreement With The Spanish NGO ‘Cirujanos En Acción’

The André Onana Foundation’s surgery campaign helps more than 500 children in Cameroon thanks to an agreement with the Spanish NGO ‘Cirujanos en Acción’

More than 500 children will be operated on over 13 days to save their lives or improve their quality of life

The delegation is made up of medical personnel from Spain and health personnel from Yaoundé

The André Onana Foundation remains firmly committed to those who need it most. The latest project to become a reality is the Surgery Campaign that will help more than 500 children up to the age of 18 in the country’s capital, Yaoundé. The delegation from the Spanish NGO Cirujanos en Acción is made up of a total of 10 members; anaesthesiologists, paediatric surgeons and nurses, together with health personnel from Yaoundé who have supported the mission.

The most common pathologies treated are abdominal hernias, circumcisions, undescended testicles, burn sequelae, external tumours and urology, among others. The mission is carried out in two clinics: Clinique Sainte Marie and Centre de médicine du sport. With this new project, the André Onana Foundation reaffirms its commitment to help the youngest and those who need it most. This mission will improve the quality of life of many patients and save the lives of many of them.

André Onana, AFC AJAX and Cameroon national team footballer, visited the two centres where all the medical staff are working on Thursday 21 April to see first-hand the great success and the great reception that this mission has had in Cameroonian society. “This mission was a life-changing one and we are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of the several children. I would like to thank all everyone involved in making this a success and I am proud to say that the André Onana Foundation will continue to strive to help several others in the very near future”.

The paediatric surgeon at the Quironsalud Clideba Hospital in Badajoz and member of the NGO Cirujanos en Acción, Dr. José Miguel Morán Penco, explains that “the aim is to be able to intervene on hernias before they can pose a danger to the patient and become strangulated”. In this sense, he also stresses that the project, which is recovering after two years of interruption due to the pandemic, “aims to reach those countries with a high density of child population”. 

The project is supported by the Quirón Salud Group (a Spanish hospital group), the Badajoz Provincial Council (a Spanish public institution) and the Centre de médicine du sport (a Cameroonian health centre). This action will be continued in the coming years to continue making this world a better place.