Health
 Zambia
Project #1286

Free Surgery for 50 Burned Children in Zambia

by Interplast

Summary

Interplast helps disabled Zambian children who suffer with severe burn injuries from kerosene lamps, kitchen fires, or acid-throwing. Free evaluations and surgery will restore mobility and hope.
$30,000
total goal
$23,537
remaining
39
donors
0
monthly donors
10
years active

Challenge

The W.H.O. reports that burns rank 9th among the leading causes of disease in children, 5- 14-years-old, with 96% of burn-related deaths occurring in developing countries. Household fires and kerosene lamps are the most common causes of such burns. In Zambia, AIDS has left many orphans, who are left to care for themselves and other children, making them more vulnerable to accidents. These children do not have access to emergency care, so their injuries create scar tissue that destroys functions.

Solution

This center provides free surgeries and follow-up care year-round for poor patients with severe burns in and around Lusaka. It is run by a Zambian surgeon and supported by Interplast with funding, medical training, supplies, and quality review.

Long-Term Impact

This center is building a medical infrastructure for reconstructive surgery in Zambia where none existed before. It will help burn patients recover from injuries through surgery and physical therapy, and serve the community for generations to come.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.interplast.org/​
Interplast Surgical Outreach Centers
Interplast Surgical Center Directors
Interplast Treating Burns
Interplast Blogs

Organization Information

Interplast

Location: Mountain View, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.interplast.org
Interplast
Project Leader:
Michael Demian
Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relat
Mountain View, CA United States

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