Welcome to the Summer edition of the BFIRST newsletter! A lot has happened over the last 6-9 months, re ecting the generosity of our BAPRAS members in going to teach the local health professionals so that one day they can teach their own.
There were a few ‘ rst’ trips, including Ken Stewart teaching ear surgery in Hanoi, Vietnam; the 1st BSSH/BFIRST Functional Hand Reconstruction Conference in Khartoum, Sudan; a project led by Alex Barnacle, Consultant Radiologist teaching the management of vascular anomalies in Sri Lanka; a lower limb reconstruction trip led by Sarah Tucker in Nepal and an upper limb project led by Simon Kay and Rob Bains in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition, there is the ongoing work by Barbara Jemec and Andy Williams in Bangladesh, Bran Sivakumar in Sri Lanka and Wee Lam in Cambodia.
At the last Committee meeting, we designated 2016 the ‘Year of Exposure.’ We’ve certainly felt that the past year has been an important one in raising the pro le of BFIRST as the o cial charity of BAPRAS. Social media awareness through Facebook and Twitter has been excellent and importantly, the rst ever BFIRST Ball in November allowed members, old and new, to come together and contribute money to a great cause!
2017 has been designated the ‘Year of Collaboration.’ We really hope to see concrete collaborations established during these 12 months that will allow the meaningful sharing of experiences and resources. One of our most important collaborations so far has been with the BSSH Overseas Committee. This has resulted in joint projects (Sudan and the upcoming Ethiopia trip) and also our rst ever BSSH/BFIRST Overseas Day which was held
in April at RCS, England. We have also started working with our BFIRST a liated projects in Pakistan, led by Muhammed Riaz.
We hope you will enjoy reading some of the reports in this newsletter. Have a great Summer everyone!
– Wee L Lam, Chairman BFIRST