APMA News - March/April 2024 - 18

Making Strides for Global
Health: One Podiatrist's
Medical Mission to Nigeria
New Jersey-based APMA member Ron Raducanu, DPM,
shares his recent experience joining a volunteer medical
mission to Offa, Nigeria. His inspiring narrative is a testament
to the impact podiatrists can make on a global scale.
Set the scene by explaining the when,
where, what, how of your trip. Was this
trip your first medical mission?
I met one of the doctors who is active in the mission's
work at a doctors' event I attended. He is a
native Nigerian and a chiropractor who practices
around the corner from my office. The organization
we went to Nigeria with is the Offa Descendants
Union of North America (ODUNA), and one of their
directives is an annual mission trip to Offa, Nigeria.
I expressed interest in helping, and later that year, I
met with the then-president of ODUNA, who invited
me to participate. This past January was their ninth
trip and my first medical mission. It was their first
time having a podiatrist with them.
How did the medical mission directly
address podiatric health issues and provide
specialized care and interventions for
foot-related problems in Nigeria?
I spent a lot of my time educating people about
podiatry. I met with the faculty and administration
of the College of Health Sciences at the University
of Ilorin, Kwara State, to discuss podiatry's role in
health care, and specifically diabetic foot care in
the United States.
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While maintaining individuals' privacy,
were there any patients you treated
who had particularly compelling
personal stories? How did they benefit
from podiatric services during this
humanitarian mission?
I saw many instances of clubfoot that could have
easily been managed when the patients were
much younger. I saw some orthopedic trauma that
never healed correctly and am hoping to return
next year to manage these patients in the operating
room. One particularly challenging case was
a patient who had had a trimalleolar fracture. The
hardware was placed on the incorrect side, and he
then developed a further fracture due to the stress
from the hardware. He now walks on the medial
side of his tibia.
I also saw plenty of wounds, and one in particular
was in a very young patient with sickle cell anemia.
I brought along some copper dressings, and within
two days of applying them, the wound looked better
than it had in over a year. I educated a local practitioner
on how to manage the wound, left some
more wound dressings for him, and he has continued
to update us on the progress of the wound every
week since we left. The improvement is astounding.

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