Francisco López, Vice Rector of UCJC, takes part in a humanitarian surgical mission to Burundi

Francisco López Muñoz, Vice Rector for Research, Science and Doctorates at University Camilo José Cela, to take part in a humanitarian surgical mission by the Clarós Foundation to Burundi. The UCJC Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with the Clarós Foundation of Barcelona, as part of the corporate social responsibility framework of SEK Education Group, to encourage participation of health professionals linked to UCJC in this type of missions to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

The expedition took place between 3 and 12 January and was attended by thirteen volunteer health specialists in different fields of medicine (surgeons, anaesthetists, surgical nurses …) from several countries, such as Spain, Poland and Portugal. In a country that has long suffered ethnic wars and genocides, this mission has significantly increased security measures to work in a country where medical care is very precarious.

The members of the expedition joined the staff of the Medical Center-Chirurgical du Kinindo (Hôpital CMCK), in Bujumbura, the country’s capital, to perform 40 surgical face and neck operations and many consultations of patients coming from all over the country, a small republic of 13 million inhabitants.

Dr López Muñoz was able to see for himself the work and activities carried out in this type of missions, their organisation, performance and logistics, in order to enhance the collaboration established between the Clarós Foundation and the UCJC Foundation.

On the other hand, as a pharmacologist, he carried out a specific task of advising and training local professionals in pharmacological matters and in particular in relation to the optimisation of the operation of hospital pharmacies and about access to cooperative medicine.

Finally, he also networked with local academic authorities, including the Vice Chancellor of the Université Lumiere du Bujumbura, Yves Ndayikunda, to assess the possibility of collaboration with these African higher education institutions.