Neurosurgery Mission in Nigeria

Thank you for supporting or joining our volunteering Neurosurgery Mission in Nigeria.


Action For Defenceless People Foundation is a charity foundation which was founded in 2002 by Hungarian surgeons, Dr. Pataki (plastic surgeon) and Dr. Csokay (neurosurgeon). One of the main thoughts, which inspired the founding of the Foundation, originated from Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world:

“Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”

The activities of the Foundation include helping those who can do little or nothing to protect themselves because of their economic position or state of health, from their fetal state. To achieve this goal, the Foundation performs free surgeries and teaching courses in Hungary and abroad, coordinates professional education and consultation in health-related institutions, and helps to acquire special medical equipment for hospitals. Volunteering camps are among our main specialities in developing countries. (Bangladesh, Cambodia, currently establishing mission in Nigeria.)

Who are we?

The Foundation consists of volunteer medical personnel (neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, operation theater and anesthetic nurses, and other specialists) who work free of charge, usually during their annual holiday. Medical supplies and instruments are funded by donations raised in Hungary from public or hopefully in the future from the industry.

What is the goal of the mission?

Currently there is no Neurosurgical service available for the majority of the population in Onitsha and Anambra State. This is due to the lack of specialized personnel and it has also economic reasons. Our organization’s purpose is to provide aid in the field of neurosurgery offering surgical operations for people with neurosurgical diseases in Nigeria and other developing countries.

What kind of operations do we carry out?

Our teams provide neurosurgical operations (neurotrauma surgery, brain and spinal tumor surgery, degenerative spine surgery, neuro-vascular surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-malformations’ surgery) that may save or transform the life of the patients (both for adults and children).

Where is the site of the latest mission? What is the facility like?

The organization currently supports the essential improvement of life quality in Onitsha, Nigeria, Western Africa.

The site of a continuous neurosurgical service organized and supported by the foundation is St. Borromeo Hospital in Onitsha, which has an orthopedic and trauma department, a laboratory, radiology with ultrasound, X-Ray and CT. In the two-table operating theatre there is a respirator, the facility is equipped with bipolar/monopolar coagulating machine, and one simple microscope for ophthalmology.

What does the Foundation and cooperating Institutions provide in Nigeria and St. Borromeo Hospital?

  • Free transport from the Airport to the Hospital and free transport in the Town.
  • Free Lodging in the Hospital’s Guest Apartments.
  • Free Food.
  • Free Laundry.

What instruments are missing yet?

  • Reliable electric drill/saw for skull and spine
  • Spinal instruments for fixation.
  • C-arm X-ray.
  • Any modern microscope or loupe for micro-neuro surgery.

What is requested to be brought along with you?

  • Everybody has to bring their own microsurgical set.
  • We have a certain amount of Spongostan, Tachosyl (but they  run out easily), Gigli saw
  • Suturing Material if possible, medical shoes, clogs.

What is requested to be provided by you?

  • Visa and valid passport.
  • Prove of valid yellow fever vaccination.
  • Antimalarial medication (low incidence of malaria).
  • Airplane ticket to Enugu, Nigeria (Lagos pick-up under organisation).

Requested volunteering time to spend in Onitsha

3-5 weeks

Further information please contact:
Andras Csokay M.D. Ph.D
President of the Foundation
Chief of Neurosurgical Department Hungarian Defence Forces Medical Center Budapest