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.
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.
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.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Interplast Surgical Outreach Centers
Interplast Surgical Center Directors
Interplast Treating Burns