In 2014, ReSurge International celebrated 45 years of bringing hope to children and adults around the world. The impact they have had makes us proud to support their efforts.
ReSurge was the first organization to provide reconstructive surgery and build surgical capacity in developing countries, and they are committed to developing the next generation of humanitarian reconstructive surgeons and their local teams who can restore function and improve lives for more poor children and adults.
These are some highlights of the organizations work in the past year:
–4,535 surgeries completed to treat cleft palates, burn injuries and other debilitating birth defects.
–88% of the surgeries were performed by developing world partners.
–Treated 2,904 patients. 89% of these patients were between the ages of infancy and 18 years.
–Served in 13 countries on 4 continents.
–Donated over 6,636 hours from medical volunteers.
–Conducted six speech therapy camps for patients with cleft palates.
–Spent 996 hours teaching 71 local medical professionals.
ReSurge maintains 10 year-round Surgical Outreach Programs in eight countries – Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru and Zambia.
ReSurge’s Visiting Educator Program delivers education and training directly where it is needed. Through this program, expert volunteer medical professionals travel to developing countries to provide direct, hands-on training for local medical personnel who work with people in some of the world’s poorest locations.
Every year, ReSurge sends about eight surgical team trips to countries in the developing world to provide full scope reconstructive surgical care for more than 300 patients These teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating room and recovery room nurses, as well as coordinators/ translators.
In a successful collaboration students in Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability program, developed innovative solutions including a referral hotline to connect burn victims with organizations like ReSurge; Nepal’s first skin bank to be housed in Dr. Rai Shankar’s hospital; and a low-cost, adjustable hand splint that patients can take home.
Frida and I are proud to continue sponsoring ReSurge International and salute the significant inroads in providing much needed medical care to underserved and un-served youth in the world they are making.
Michael and Frida Donner