We have active, sustainable projects running annually in 6 countries. With many more projects in the pipeline, we’re making great headway towards our goal of increasing access to specialist reconstructive surgery services around the globe.
February 2017 – Sri Lanka
In February we visited Sri Lanka, teaching on congenital hand and the management of vascular malformations. Approximately 1000 children a year are born with a congenital hand problem, and to date there has been no provision of surgery for these patients. We have enlisted the help of a radiologist to teach the local doctors how to embolize vascular malformations, which will help reduce their size and importantly reduce the blood loss at surgery, which can be fatal, if uncontrolled and is the major obstacle for surgery to vascular malformations.
March 2017 – Nepal
In March we visited Nepal, to consolidate the training the local surgeons had achieved when they visited the UK for a microsurgical course.
April 2017 – Ethiopia
In April we visited Ethiopia for the first time, in conjunction with the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, to establish a hand surgical project. The Health and Safety aspect of many jobs is not high priority and devastating hand injuries are common.
May 2017 – Cambodia
In May we visited Cambodia, where our project has resulted in local surgeons now performing their own operations for brachial plexus injuries, which allow the patients to use their previously flail arms again.
September 2017 – Vietnam
In September we are visiting Vietnam for the second round of ear reconstruction training.
October 2017 – Cambodia
October we were back in Cambodia again!
November 2017 – Vietnam
November we continued our programme for congenital hand deformities and brachial plexus injuries in Vietnam
December 2017 – Bangladesh
December we were back in Bangladesh, this time with a hand therapist to address all aspects of the surgery and rehabilitation for electrical burns.