Increase access to health care for disabled burn-and- trauma victims. Provide free training workshops in surgery and burn care for 100 doctors and nurses treating poor patients in southeast Asia.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The few trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses in developing countries face an overwhelming demand for their services. They often cannot treat the many patients who are too poor to afford medical care. They also lack the resources and infrastructure for advanced medical training. They cannot access medical libraries or journals, nor do they have the interaction with trained colleagues that is a key part of medical education in the United States.
How will this project solve this problem?
Each workshop includes lectures, discussions, and hands-on training focusing on various topics such as hand surgery, burns, and anesthesia. In one week, participants in the workshops absorb skills they can use immediately to help poor patients.
Potential Long Term Impact
The workshops will provide health care for impoverished children in Vietnam and other developing countries by training the local health care providers in their communities so that sustainable and quality medical care occurs year-round.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.