What is New

A team of 10 members from Canada are at CoRSU Hospital from January 19-23, setting up three 3D printers, training local orthopaedic technicians, and test fitting young patients with new 3D-printed prosthetic sockets.

The goal is to equip CoRSU’s orthopaedic workshop to deliver better-fitting prosthetic legs to children who need them – faster and at less cost. The International Monetary Fund estimates that there are a quarter million children with disabilities in Uganda.

“Many children have lost limbs due to severe bone infections, polio, injury and violent conflict. Others have been born with defects or malformations. Thousands of these children are going without the prostheses they need, because there aren’t enough orthopaedic technicians to make and fit the prostheses,” reports Mitch Wilkie, Director of International Programs for cbm Canada, and leader of the project team.

“The result is children who are unable to walk to school, or run and play with their friends. These kids live with greatly limited opportunity and too often with stigma and discrimination.” “The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that the current shortfall of prosthetic technicians in the developing world is 40,000 and that they can only train up about another 18,000 if they spent another 50 years doing so,” according to Matt Ratto, professor at the faculty of information at the University of Toronto, who is a member of the team at CoRSU this week.

In order to solve this problem, cbm Canada is partnering with University of Toronto and Ratto’s team, using consumer-grade 3D printing and scanning technology to reduce the need for technicians in developing countries, by making it easier to make parts for prosthetic limbs. The entire process requires approximately 6 hours and less than $12,000 in equipment; the cornstarch-based PLA plastic to make a socket costs about $3. Currently in Uganda, producing a socket involves 5 to 6 labour-intensive days and the use of plaster of Paris moulds dried in the sun, causing often ill-fitting sockets, the discomfort of which discourages their use. The project team will experiment with a variety of plastic materials and techniques for printing the wall of the socket for greatest strength and durability with the least weight and material. They will also evaluate the potential use of Canadian custom-made 3D printers that may be better purposed for this application in the developing world. Most importantly, the team will incorporate good development principles by ensuring disability inclusion, gender equity and environmental sustainability within the project’s scope. cbm is a leading international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. The organization helps more than 24 million people annually, supporting over 600 life-changing projects (like CoRSU), serving those with disabilities in more than 70 developing countries.

For more information, see www.cbmcanada.org, www.corsu.or.ug

FORTHCOMING PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:41

18th December, 2015

 

 

To CoRSU staff, partners and clients


 

Dear All,


 

RE:  Forthcoming public holidays 

 

This is to inform all CoRSU Staff, partners and our dear patients that the hospital will be officially closed on the following public holidays. 

 

Tuesday 26th/01/2016 Liberation day

Tuesday 16th/02/2016 Arch Bishop Janani Luwum day

Thursday 18th/02/2016 Presidential election

 

Yours Sincerely,

Management



FORTH COMING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

From all the staff at CoRSU,

Thank you for your support 

Please note that the following dates are designated public Holidays even at CoRSU

3rd June- Martys day

9th June- Heroes Day

Please note that the hospital will be closed during these holiday breaks

Aerial View of CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:23

An aerial view of the CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, taken recently.

CoRSU GiveAbility newsletter 2 April 2013

Friday, 25 January 2013 15:06

...This issue of GiveAbility tells the stories of some of the children and how each one of us can be involved in preventing disability caused by burns. Burns can be prevented if care is taken...CoRSU GiveAbility newsletter 2 April 2013

With the support of our Donors – Heart for Children through CBM – Christian Blind Mission, CoRSU has acquired an X-ray image intensifier commonly known as the C-arm machine. The machine is from Siemens and was supplied through Pacific Diagnostics limited in Uganda and officially inaugurated on 4th April 2013; the first operation was done on the same day. This machine will mainly be used in orthopaedic surgeries in the operating theatres. It cost approximately EUR 51,000.00.


According to Dr. Antonio Loro, the medical director and an orthopaedic surgeon, the C-arm machine enables surgeons to do operations with more accuracy, especially if the surgical procedure involves use of hardware like screws, nails, plates, wires and external fixators. The Doctor clarifies that, with the use of this machine, surgeons can be sure that the hardware is put in the right places, thus reducing the risk of mistakes.
Dr. Antonio Loro further explains that the machine is very important when operating on children or adults with angular bone deformities.  The corrective surgery for this limb deformity requires insertion of plates, screws and wires for alignment of bones, thus the C-arm comes in handy. Children with these limb deformities make about 23% of the orthopaedic surgeries performed at CoRSU. Other conditions handled using the C-arm include; fractures, dislocations and bone infections.


“If you are in doubt while performing surgery you can get an intra-operative control before the patient leaves the operating room. In case of fractures you can control the alignment of the bones as you close the P.O.P (Plaster of Paris). Even when the plaster has set and has become hard you can still be able to look at the bones through it. If needed, a radiograph can be taken for proper recording”. Explains Dr. Antonio Loro

According to Dr. Michael Mukasa, an orthopaedic surgeon, the C-arm improves accuracy in every surgical procedure a surgeon does because it can enables him/her to take intra-operative x-rays when doing surgery. He continued to explain that the C-arm also allows surgeons to make smaller incisions for the operations that are performed.


About the C-arm

An X-ray image intensifier or C-arm machine refers to a special image intensifier device used in medical imaging involving x-rays. It allows for lower x-ray doses to be used on patients by magnifying the intensity produced in the output image, enabling the viewer to easily see the structure of the object being imaged.

This mobile imaging system (C-arm machine) is a precise and accurate device that allows for less patient discomfort in a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures. The minimal invasiveness with the use of C-arms has lead to the increase of more cost-effective outpatient care. Operations and other procedures (such as removal of metallic foreign bodies) may be carried out with minimally invasive, pain-reduced procedures (closed sky type of surgery). However since the machine emits radiations surgeons and patients are exposed to the risks of the radiations themselves; protective gears are needed when using the machine, such as lead aprons, special goggles and gloves.

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