It is only natural that businesses give back to the communities in which they live. To this end, we have established Lynx For Hope. Through Lynx For Hope, we take a business approach to our social responsibilities. We carefully identify and structure initiatives in order to develop them to yield concrete and adapted results.
A FIRST FOR LIVER TRANSPLANT PATIENTS: USING A SERIOUS GAME TO PROVIDE CARE
When it comes to liver transplants, surgical expertise and drug therapy have become highly sophisticated. However, pre- and post-surgery care is still lacking in this domain: for the most part, young patients and their families are on their own when it comes to coping with liver conditions and recovery in day-to-day life. To address this challenge, Lynx For Hope partnered up with the Arteres Foundation to support a novel serious game approach: KidsETransplant.
WHAT IS A SERIOUS GAME?
Serious games are those designed for educational purposes. Their use is growing steadily in the domains of healthcare, education and science.
KidsETransplant provides a fun, playful way to educate young patients, showing them how to deal with their disease, advance through recovery and develop their autonomy. The online platform comprises a:
- virtual 3-D ‘room’ for each patient, from which they can access all aspects of the serious game;
- website that provides patients and their families with useful information pertaining to liver disease;
- forum to share information, best practices, concerns and experiences.
Lynx For Hope regards KidsETransplant as an excellent model for future web platforms and serious games dedicated to healthcare.
Launched in summer 2011, the renovation transformed the decades-old facility into a warm, personal and restful place designed for children’s comfort. Moreover, it improves working conditions for the surgery unit’s personnel, thereby enables them to provide better care.
Surgery is a trying experience, and a particularly difficult one for children. Providing an enjoyable environment where they can recuperate peacefully is an essential part of quality care. This is why, we are so grateful for this renovation project, which would not have been possible without external support.
Professor Barbara Wildhaber, Surgeon and Department Head of the Paediatric Surgery Unit
A brand new surgery unit
Since March, the renovation has been completing, providing a truly more comfortable stay for the boys and girls of the Paediatric Surgery Unit.
RAFT is truly a collaborative, participative network that is driven by local actors: no less than 80% of our interactive courses are now produced and webcasted by experts in Africa.
Professor Antoine Geissbuhler, Professor and Chairman at the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at HUG
Lynx for Hope and RAFT
Since its launch in 2001, RAFT has established a telemedicine infrastructure throughout Africa and some parts of Latin America. Impressed by the proven results of telemedicine in these regions, Lynx For Hope began supporting RAFT in May 2011. Thanks to this support, Chad, Congo and Ivory Cost now also benefit from this network, making possible:
- Internet connectivity and the opening of permanent telemedicine training/consultation sites in 4 hospitals,
- the opening of rural/decentralised telemedicine sites, such as “La Maison Bleue”, a site dedicated to the treatment of diabetes.
RAFT’s success and the motivation of its members will drive it much further. The network is beginning to enter English-speaking Africa and is focussing on expansion in district and rural medical establishments.
Providing a ‘2nd Chance’ for blast victims in Brazzaville
On 4 March 2012, over 200 were killed and 2,000 wounded following the explosion of an arms depot in Brazzaville. Lynx For Hope took action with 2nd Chance immediately following the blasts. Our aim was to be as responsive as possible; we co‑ordinated a team of doctors and nurses to provide much‑needed aid during the critical period after the explosions. Our medical team took a number of actions on the ground:
- Local practitioners lacked the postoperative expertise to treat the wounded; we provided training to local personnel on the appropriate postoperative procedures.
- The team performed medical procedures in an operating room, and they also distributed surgical kits and basic medical materials.
- There was no psychological care to address post-traumatic stress onsite; we sent a psychiatrist to provide the needed care.
The team observed a strong need for reconstructive surgery training in Brazzaville. To this end, we made plans with local actors to provide a reconstructive surgery course in Brazzaville. The course was first given in September 2012, and it will be organised again regularly over the next few years.