This commitment built upon a similar effort undertaken in 2008 and sought to meet the surgical needs of the Liberian population.
The Mount Sinai Medical Center planned to work with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia to establish a group of medical students and physicians under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Freed of Mount Sinai Medical Center. A total of 26 physicians and medical students were to travel to Liberia from 1/3/09-1/17/09 to work at JFK and Phebe Hospitals. During this time they were to perform as many surgeries as possible on the patients that came to them for screening.
The results were measured in terms of the number of patients treated during the group's mission and the number of future missions committed. Working with Dr. Walter Gwenigale, the Liberian Minister of Health, Mount Sinai Medical Center also planned to assess the potential for establishing long-term ties in Liberia to provide public health support on an extended basis.
During the Liberian civil war, many health care professionals moved to other African countries to continue their practices, hospitals were looted, and their propertiesand infrastructure, including access to electricity and running water, were destroyed. While some health care professionals remained, the population remained in need of serious medical care, especially surgery. This commitment seeks to fulfill the surgical needs of the Liberian population.
In a similar mission for 2008, 155 surgeries were performed on 155 patients. Mount Sinai would quantify the number of patients seen and the number of surgeries performed. and estimated that a similar number of surgeries would be completed in the commitment for 2009, Their target was 150 patients.