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InHealth Technologies contributes to humanitarian trips to Africa

InHealth Technologies in Kenya

InHealth Technologies' Clinical Specialist Jennifer Craig Starkweather, M.S., CCC-SLP, traveled to Africa with a team of Head and Neck Surgeons from the humanitarian organization More Than Medicine. Here's her report:

After 38 hours of travel, five airports, and varying degrees of air conditioning, I made it back from Malindi, Kenya, after spending a week with Vanderbilt's Head and Neck Surgeons on their yearly surgical missions trip.

InHealth Technologies has provided support to this trip in the past, but I wanted to take a minute to share with you all the huge impact this support has made. Over 4 1/2 days of surgery, we completed two laryngectomies, two stomal revisions, four tracheoesophageal punctures, and two prosthesis changes - and that doesn't include all of the other head and neck surgeries and the outpatient clinic. I had opportunities to do pre-operative counseling with many patients and their families and train several more in the use of an electrolarynx.

On top of all that, we were able to continue training a team of Kenyan surgeons so that this care can continue well after the remainder of Vanderbilt's team leaves.

Thanks to InHealth Technologies for the generous contributions to this trip. From shipping supplies to covering phone calls to forging and supporting lasting relationships with providers has made such a positive impact in restoring communication to those that otherwise would be left voiceless.

If you are interested in donating to or getting involved with More Than Medicine, please visit:

Photos by Matt Neterville and Ariella Khan