Train Surgeons for Sierra Leone

In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a brutal, decade-long civil war. Its infrastructure, including hospitals and medical training, was decimated. Both the country and its people were left broken.

Today, Sierra Leone is at peace but still reeling from the effects of conflict. Healthcare in the nation is almost non-existent: there is one doctor to 10,000 people; no reconstructive surgeons, one orthopaedic surgeon; and, crucially, no graduate medical training.

Sierra Leone and its people need our help to recover; to train the surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists that will help change the face of healthcare in the country and rebuild bodies and lives broken by war.

Towards a brighter future

At the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, we are developing Sierra Leone’s first reconstructive surgery unit. The infrastructure has been built thanks to the work of Italian charity Fondazione Don Gnocchi and Resurge Africa is now training the staff that will run the unit independently, creating a self-sustaining facility that will eventually provide support and training to other medics in Sierra Leone.


In Ghana, this approach has saw the creation of a thriving reconstructive surgery unit – the country’s first – run by a team of international-standard surgeons and medical staff who deliver training and support to other hospitals in the region.

We’ve proven that we can change the face of reconstructive surgery in West Africa – but we can’t do it without your help.

Meet our trainees

Resurge Africa is proud to introduce the two young Sierra Leonean doctors who, with your support, will become their country’s first reconstructive surgeons. Dr Eric Wongo, far left, is in his second postgraduate year in Ghana. Dr Abdulai Jalloh began his postgraduate reconstructive surgery training in January 2013. While the young doctors study, we’re training the anaesthetists, nurses and therapists needed to run a self-sustaining reconstructive surgery unit, ready for their return.

It will cost £20,000 per year to train Drs Jalloh and Wongo. So far, we’ve raised £90,000. We need your help to raise the remaining £30,000 that will enable the young doctors to get to work rebuilding the many lives shattered by disfigurement, disability, disease and war.

How can you help us?

Whether it’s a monthly contribution, a one-off donation or regular fundraising, every penny you give to ReSurge Africa helps fund the training of our young doctors and the creation of a reconstructive surgery unit where it’s needed most.

Surgeons’ training challenge

We’ve set up a challenge page specifically for surgeons on our Virgin Money Giving site. With your expertise, there are a huge number of ways you can help deliver lasting surgical change in Sierra Leone – from undertaking a sponsored challenge, donating with your unit, or even helping support the fledging team in Sierra Leone by volunteering.

If you have any questions about our work or think you can help in any way, get in touch with us at

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