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The Spina Bifida project - Tunisia 2012

Project Tunisia 2012On September 2012, a team of American physicians volunteered to travel to Tunisia to work side by side with local physicians and perform surgeries on subjects diagnosed with Myelomeningocele, the most common and severe form of Spina Bifida. The age of the patients ranged between 6 month and 15 years.

In the past, a number of individuals and organizations in the United States (including Algerian-American Associations), have raised funds to treat sick children from the Maghreb region in the United States. Baby Mounib's case who was treated at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, opened the door to several other similar opearations that followed.

For the Tunisia Project, three institutions were involved::
  • Ness El Kheir, a Community Association based in Algiers, managed the logistics of patients and their families..
  • La Soukra Clinic in Tunis, Tunisia provided the medical staff and facility in support to the project.
  • Maghreb-American Health Foundation, Inc, a medical foundation based in Pennsylvania, raised the needed funds, coordinated the resources and managed the project.