Africa Group and the Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun foundation have partnered
with the International Extremity Project to provide medical assistance to underprivileged
children and young adults who suffer from severe lower-extremity deformities
that preclude normal walking, when corrected reduce physical and social
The International Extremity Project is a grassroot medical mission that was started in 1998 by Dr. Bruce Lehnert. IEP provides support for humanitarian projects and supplies medical assistance to those in need. The IEP team is made up entirely of volunteer doctors who perform surgeries and provide much-needed modern medical equipment and training to local doctors and medical students.
In 2012, through the partnership with United Africa Group, IEP conducted its first medical mission to Namibia, where they performed surgical correction for server lower-extremity deformities to those who are disadvantaged. As a result of the successful surgeries conducted in 2012 and the positive impact it had on the lives of Namibians. IEP will be returning to Namibia for their second medical mission on the 08th August 2016.
The Orthopaedic surgeries will be conducted at the Katatura State Hospital alongside the Namibian Medical Team, led by Dr. Stanley Kanyemba from the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The Ministry of Health and Social Services has been instrumental in the facilitation of the surgeries and are currently assisting IEP to screen patients over the next week in order to determine whether they qualify for surgery.
Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun has called upon all church leaders and community leaders who know of people with lower leg deformities to contact their nearest Hospital to seek assistance in getting these patients to Windhoek for pre-screening and surgery. The Ministry of Health will be transporting patients from various regions to Windhoek in order to conduct the pre-screening.
In addition to performing orthopaedic surgery the IEP team will be conducting a free medical lecture at the University of Namibia Medical Campus on the 09th and 16th of August 2016. The medical lectures will see the doctors who have lectured at the well renowned Stanford University in the USA, lecture on topics ranging from Ankle structures to flat foot deformities. Dr. Lawrence Oloff who lectured at Stanford University will present Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle; Dr Bruce Lehnert who has published many scientific articles will also be amongst the doctors sharing their knowledge and expertise on foot and ankle pathology.