This project provides medical care for 130 youth in the Eastern Caribbean region needing immediate care for orthopedic deformities or diseases to enable them to walk and live a normal life.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Ninety percent of the world’s population has access to only 10% of the world’s health resources. Children born in the Eastern Caribbean region with orthopedic problems have no hope for relief without outside intervention. For example, on a past IHC mission trip, a 12-year-old Vincentian child, Zenel was healed. She was born severely bow-legged and needed surgery in order to walk. She recently had large braces removed from her legs and cried tears of joy to feel the weight of them lifted.
How will this project solve this problem?
IHC will conduct evaluation clinics and perform surgeries enabling youth to walk. One such youth is Zina, who needs a new hip. She says, “I won’t be in as much pain anymore.” Surgeons will bring donated hip implants to build a new hip for Zina.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will provide life-enhancing care for an estimated 130 youth in the Eastern Caribbean region. In addition, it will provide surgical training for local surgeons so the region can become less dependent on foreign aid.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.