At the start of our 2020 Complex Surgical Mission, in February, Project Harar donated a washing machine to the centre we used, pre and post-op for the 35 patients that would be treated over the course of the mission. This washing machine played a very important role during the mission as hygiene was instrumental in stopping the spread of post-op infection in the centre. 
 
It was a very exciting day when we bought the washing machine, the UK team went with the Ethiopian team to a large shopping mall to select it. It took a lot of time, going from shop to shop comparing the best price for each. We finally settled on a ‘manual’ machine, that had a separate manual spinner built in.
The washing machine is now at Yekatit 12 Government Hospital in Addis Ababa, which is our partner hospital for our annual Complex Surgical Mission, It will now be used as part of the Covid prevention strategy at Yekatit 12.