Founded in 2008 by minimally invasive spine surgeon Dr.Richard Kaul ,the Spine Africa Project initiative was created to bring treatment for the degenerative spine injuries and deformities for the people of Africa—injuries due to the laborious working conditions of the people—men, women and children. Providing spine surgeries, bringing education to local health care providers and improving the quality of local health care facilities, hygiene, clean water and backup electricity are the goals and work of then Spine Africa Project and Dr.Richard Kaul. It is the opinion of Dr.Richard Kaul that it is the responsibility of those that have to give to those that do not.

Our projects

Medical training

Medical training

The Spine Africa Project’s educational training program for spine surgery began in 2008 at the medical school that is attached to the Panzi Hospital. Current planning with Cisco to establish a tele-presence that will allow physicians around the world to present medical lectures to students and doctors projects the equipment to be in place by late 2013. Our longer term plans include creating virtual training, which will teach surgical skills in artificial environments that should lead to improved surgical outcomes.

Health care facilities

Health care facilities
Dr.Richard Kaul and the Spine Africa project have been visiting the facility since 2008 and have the opportunity to observe the significant lack of medical equipment and properly funtiioning surgical equipment. One of the greatest challenge that will face Dr.Richard Kaul will be the transportion of modern equipment to the Panzi Hospital, Additionally the unreliable power source has prompted Dr.Richard Kaul to raise funds to purchase at least two new generators. Other monies will be needed to support the educational program at the hospital and medical school with which Dr.Richard Kaul will be actively involved. As Dr.Richard Kaul approaches the end of 2014 he his hoping that 2015 will be a more productive year with greater investments in the project. Some of the longer term visions include the establishment of a spinal center of excellence at the Panzi clinic. There are enough patients to provide a wide range of clinical experience that cannot be matched in most western countries. Dr,Richard Kaul will continue to donate his expertise and time to helping the people of the DRC

Treatment

Treatment

The Spine Africa initiative is a major undertaking, in terms of time and resources. Patients travel hundreds of kilometers over several days to have their spine injuries examined. A surgeon could see 50-70 patients on each trip and operate on patients every day. Expanding the number of surgeons and using the latest and most effective technologies, Minimally Invasive Spine Intervention (MISI), will provide access to care for even more patients. They will recover more quickly and return to the work force as rapidly as possible.