INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC SURGERY FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
The INTERPLAST surgical teams are experienced plastic surgeons, anaesthetists
and surgical nurses making their holidays available for operations completely free of charge in developing countries.
Medicine and surgical instruments brought by the doctors as well as the charges of transport and accommodation of the team are funded by donations.
WE LEND OUR AID TO THE POOREST IN THE WORLD
All over the world, people suffer from diseases leaving bad scars and
disfigurement. Accidents involving burns or animal bites are also very common. Children in particular suffer from this and often have to struggle with it their whole lives.
In many crisis areas, people become victims of violent conflicts. Especially for children, these assaults are traumatizing and without any appropriate treatment, normal life is impossible.
Doctors from INTERPLAST go to crisis areas free of charge in their free time to operate and treat people in need. In this way, children can be helped to live a life of dignity that would otherwise be denied to them.
Without your support we wouldn’t be able to carry out our missions.
WO WIR TÄTIG SIND / WAREN
INTERPLAST Switzerland has worked in the following areas so far:
Palestine (Gaza Strip) and Jenin
Clinique Médicale MEDITECH in Bamako, Mali from 4 December 2020 to 11 December 2020.
At the beginning of December MD Volker Wedler took us to the banks of the Niger. Having already been in action to Mali for the third time, the area of mission was no longer new for us. The infrastructure existed. Patients could already be identified by pre-triage and support of Dr Moussa Baba Daou, the President of the Association New Face and Plastic Surgeon. It was indeed not sure up to 100% until shortly before departure whether the mission was able to be carried out because the hospital planned for our mission was converted into a COVID-19 treatment centre by the Government of Mali. However, it was possible to organize an alternative hospital and so we reached Bamako shortly after midnight.
The Surgical-Medical Hospital of the ASPSC (Association pour le Soutien et la Promotion de la Santé au Cameroun – Society for Support and Development of Health Care in Cameroon) in Bafoussam officially planned from 13 March 2020 to 27 March 2020.
In the morning at 9 o’clock it started with travelling by a chauffeur. It was an interesting transfer taking us across mountains and a lot of green landscapes. The scheduled day of triage brought us some surprises as the local employee responsible for planning has left the hospital on short notice. Our team of doctors with Manuela made the best of it; she was phoning and organizing at the same time to allow the triage and surgical activity to start as planned. The OR schedule was finally filled and the logistics work ticked off, we were looking forward to Tuesday – but it was still not to run smoothly.
Martyr Khalil Hospital in Jenin, Palestine (West Bank) from 14 February 2020 to 21 February 2020
The mission has already entered its third round. This year a
total of 28 surgeries were performed within 5 days, with most surgeries being contracture resolution with full skin coverage after burns or scalds. We were supported by the NGO PCRF (Palestine
Child Relief Fund).
The team gathered at Zurich Airport on the morning of February 14th. After check-in of the seven boxes of medical utensils and the homespun gifts, we had a cup of coffee before the trip to Tel Aviv and then to Jenin. The flight was without any problems, however, the entry one of our team member was briefly denied.