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Since 1969, ReSurge International has provided more than 110,000 surgeries in developing countries through direct treatment of patients and training of local surgeons.
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Wendell Alderson, R.N., will be honored at ReSurge's annual Transformations Gala as the recipient of the Barco's Nightingales Foundation's Award for Nursing Excellence. This award honors nurses who not only have contributed to their profession, but who are committed to humanitarian work as volunteers donating their time and professional skills to those in need. Alderson has a long history of volunteering with ReSurge, making at least one trip annually as an invaluable member of our surgical team. He serves on both the ReSurge Nursing Committee and the Medical Services Committee. In addition to his annual surgical team trip, Wendell was also drafted as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to assess medical practices and procedures at several sites. A graduate of Sacramento City College, Alderson worked at the University of California Davis Medical Center for the majority of his career, first in the intensive care unit, then transferred to UC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
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ReSurge’s Visiting Educator trips to Bhutan are making an impact after just over a year working in the country. This week, a VE team is in Thimpu conducting training in hand surgery and hand therapy at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital. In January, a winter month when the use of wood-burning stoves spikes, the focus was on burn care. We recently spoke to Katie Osborn, ReSurge nursing VE, about her Bhutan experiences over the past year. Improving the Standard of Wound and Burn Care On her first trip to Bhutan last June, Katie traveled to Thimpu to train nurses in burn and wound care. As she began her first lecture on burn care, she spoke about the importance of the initial skin assessment. The nursing staff responded enthusiastically and pulled her into the ward to show her patients at high risk for skin breakdown and get some tips on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
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A ReSurge volunteer team is currently working in Bolivia on a surgical mission trip co-sponsored by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). ReSurge board member and trip documentarian Eileen Sheldon will be blogging about the experience. Naima is a darling 5 year old boy we met halfway through Clinic Day on Monday, May 14. He was born with bilateral polydactyly, which is a congenital anomaly that results in extra fingers or toes. In Naima’s case, he had an extra digit on the outside of either hand. Despite his condition, Naima leads an active life as a kindergartner and lover of football. His family lives in the remote country, a nearly seven-hour journey from La Paz. At home, Naima’s mother tends to a small herd of animals that consists of several cows, sheep and a pig. She also plants and harvest potatoes. The cow and sheep milk and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
At the beginning of his career, Dr. Bill McClure was on track to become a cardiovascular surgeon--that is, until he discovered plastic surgery. Click below to continue. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
In late August, a visiting educator team made ReSurge’s inaugural visit to Mozambique, as part of a joint trip with partner organization Mending Kids. Mozambique, in southeastern Africa, has for a decade been one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa, posting average annual growth rates of 6-8%. Despite this growth, it remains extremely poor, with approximately 52% of the population below the poverty line. (Source: CIA World Factbook) Click below to continue reading. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
From November 3-5, ReSurge, along with the Cuban Ministry of Health, sponsored a symposium on reconstructive surgery in Havana's Hospital Calixto Garcia, one of the premier hospitals in Cuba. The symposium, a survey course, was attended by 280 surgeons from all over the country. Click below to continue. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
A first-person account of a surgical team trip by Ana Luna, ReSurge Communications and Development Manager. In early March, I traveled with one of ReSurge International’s surgical teams for the first time. We flew from ReSurge’s Silicon Valley headquarters to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As a non-doctor, I watched shows like ER, General Hospital and Grey’s Anatomy to help me prepare. Inundated with cable channel dramatizations of cutting, suctioning and suturing, it was easy for me to imagine doctors performing surgeries. However, picturing ReSurge’s volunteer surgeons, nurses and doctors in the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City landscape, was more of a challenge. Click below to continue. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
Bhutan, a constitutional monarchy about the size of Switzerland, borders the Himalayas, and sits between India and China. As a mountainous, land-locked country, Bhutan is geographically isolated. Its isolation is magnified by a historical policy of barring foreign tourists to protect its culture and traditions. Click below to read more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
This is an exciting time to be a provider of surgical care in developing countries. In the last several years, the academic medical community and international bodies such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) have begun to study surgical care and promote it as a critical solution for improving health and economic growth in developing countries. Click below to continue reading... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
ReSurge is at the forefront of the movement to raise the profile of surgical care as a global health issue, a movement that began with the 2015 publication of The Lancet Commission's report on global surgery. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
ReSurge visiting educators traveled to ReSurge Nepal to train local surgeons in microsurgery, saving a boy's leg in the process! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
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*This post, by ReSurge International President and CEO, Jeff Whisenant, was originally posted on the InterAction blog. The challenges facing women interested in a surgical career are daunting anywhere. For women in developing countries, those challenges are far greater. Yet, it is these countries that are in most need of additional surgical expertise. Today, five billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care. Common maladies treated by reconstructive surgeons, such as injuries, malignancies and congenital conditions are far more readily addressed in countries like the US, where most families — even those without health insurance — have access to immediate medical attention and the kind of surgical intervention that can make a critical difference. In many developing countries, poor families cannot afford such medical help. Read the full article here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at ReSurge International Blog
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Lemy is a curious, charming 8-year-old "superhero" we met at Lusaka's Italian Mission Hospital's clinic day. Every Tuesday Dr. Goran Jovic, ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Partner in Lusaka, holds a clinic to assess patients and set his surgical schedule for the coming weeks and months. Lemy, who is returning for yet another procedure, was attacked by a dog at age 6. He was badly mauled, leaving his cheek and nose an open wound. As he healed, his skin contracted, leaving him at risk that his nose would close up and prevent him from breathing. Dr. Jovic provided a stent to prevent this from happening, and has performed grafts to repair the damage to Lemy's cheek and nose. Lemy now has the confidence to smile for and interact with, ReSurge's film crew. We are so happy to see the change in Lemy--he really is a superhero! Dr. Jovic is one of just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at ReSurge International Blog
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Jeff Whisenant, CEO of ReSurge International, Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, surgical outreach partner in Nepal, and Eileen Sheldon, ReSurge board member, pause for a moment during Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and Global Need in Washington, DC. By Eileen Sheldon On May 10, 2016 I had the pleasure of attending the second Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need, hosted by ReSurge International and the G4 Alliance. It was my first experience on Capitol Hill and it was a privilege to participate in this informative event. The briefing called on congressional staffers, NGOs and other government representatives to understand the elevated need for surgical care and the impact that access to surgical care can have on the lives of people in low- and middle-income countries. Experts in the field formed a panel that was moderated by Dr. Thomas Novotny, the deputy assistant secretary for health, U.S. Department of Health... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, ReSurge Nepal's surgical outreach director pictured above, will join speakers from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater access to safe surgical care in developing countries. In collaboration with the Congressional Global Health Caucus, ReSurge International and the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance) will host a Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, DC. To support our mission to build surgical capacity and provide reconstructive surgical care for those in need, ReSurge works to raise the profile of surgical care as a critical component of global health and advocates to the U.S. government and in the UN system for greater access to care. Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, ReSurge Nepal's surgical outreach director, will... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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Last month, ReSurge visiting educators traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to train local doctors on how to repair serious hand injuries. Our team included Dr. Gavin O'Mahony, a hand surgeon; Dr. Karen Pitbladdo, an occupational therapist and hand therapist; and Dr. Karina Rando, an anesthesiologist. They worked with local doctors, physical therapists and staff, lecturing and providing hands-on training. Skills taught included scaphoid fractures, nerve transfer, tendon reconstruction and post-surgery physical therapy. There were also patients who received surgical care. They include Juan, a 26-year-old who was injured when he jumped into a fight to protect a woman from being attacked by her ex-boyfriend. Juan suffered cuts on both hands, and the forearm muscle that enables movement of his right hand was nearly severed. He also had limited motion and sensation in his left hand. Surgeons were able to repair the forearm muscle. We hope the procedure will eventually lead to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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ReSurge surgical volunteers from the United States and Ecuador are in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam providing reconstructive surgical care and training. ReSurge began working in Vietnam in 1990 and has performed surgeries for nearly 6,500 Vietnamese. Over the course of the next two weeks, another 60 patients will receive the surgical care they need to lead more productive lives. Earlier this week, our surgical team evaluated more than 100 patients. One of the first patients seen was Nhi, age 11 from Nha Trang. She arrived at the hospital at 3am in hopes that ReSurge will repair her thumb and return her hand function. A doctor near her home improperly sutured her thumb and caused damage. ReSurge will work to correct that this week. Not all patients were as lucky, as they were not healthy enough for surgery. The little boy pictured below was too anemic to undergo surgery now.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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All photos, including this selfie, are by ReSurge volunteer Dr. Deborah Rusy. This blog can also be read on Adobe Slate. ReSurge provides advanced surgical training for medical professionals in developing countries to increase the accessibility of safe surgical care and to help address local surgical workforce challenges. This week, three ReSurge visiting educators taught complex cleft care and other craniofacial procedures at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. ReSurge board member Dr. Richard Redett and Dr. Damon Cooney, both plastic surgeons and professors at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, and Dr. Deborah Rusy, anesthesiologist and faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, provided hands-on training to local doctors and residents who are among the first participants in Zimbabwe’s plastic surgery program. This is ReSurge’s third time teaching at the University of Zimbabwe and our first in cleft and craniofacial training in Harare. By providing this training,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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February 1-7, 2016 is National Burn Awareness Week, and in conjunction with this week of observation, ReSurge has created a suite of informative infographics about the global burns crisis that we are asking people to like and share on social media. Every day this week, we will post a new infographic like the one above here on our blog and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Please help us spread the word about the neglected burns crisis by liking and sharing these graphics with your friends on social media. You can also download the infographics at http://tinyurl.com/ReSurgeBurnInfographics. Severe burns around the world are a silent emergency, but solutions exist. Burns can easily be prevented and treated through simple surgery that corrects disabling injuries and saves countless lives. Thank you for helping us get this important message out! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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Uma is a young woman who lives outside Dehradun, India. She used to suffer from epileptic seizures. During one of those attacks, she fell on a fire and suffered severe burns to her right hand. As a result, her husband and his family shunned her and took away her daughter. Since the accident, ReSurge International surgical outreach partners, "Drs. Yogi and Kush Aeron have looked after me like a member of the family. Dr. Yogi wants to lengthen my fingers, to stretch what is already there". Uma says, "Once the surgery is done, I want to go back to my in-laws and show them that I am not deformed. Above all else, I want to get my daughter back. If it is in my karma, I will show the world that I am worthy." We know she is already worthy and should be reunited with her daughter. Thanks to generous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at ReSurge International Blog
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Five year’s ago today, a son born on Christmas day in Kitwe, Zambia, was named Emmanuel. The fourth child of a miner in the Copperbelt, his parents thought him perfect and joyfully called him Emmanuel, in honor of the Christian scriptures. They did notice his tiny hand with webbed middle fingers, but those little fingers still wrapped around theirs and they were in love. Emmanuel was born with syndactyly, the condition of having some or all of the fingers or toes wholly or partly united. As he grew, he was able to use his hands to eat and hold a pencil, as his brother and sisters had, and therefore, his parents did not think too much about it when he was a toddler. However, when Emmanuel began school in January, that changed. The other children ostracized him. He told us how he always had to eat his lunch alone; no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at ReSurge International Blog
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Lenny is a young boy in Zambia One afternoon, while playing outside, Lenny (age 6) was attacked by a rabid dog. Lenny survived the attack, but the dog bit off most of Lenny’s face. Lenny’s parents took him to a local surgeon. Unfortunately, Lenny’s first surgeon, sutured his facial wounds incorrectly. Luckily, one of ReSurge’s long-time Surgical Outreach partners, Dr. Jovic Goran, was able to remove and replace Lenny’s stitches. After multiple procedures, Dr. Goran restored Lenny’s ability to smile, see, and breathe! Despite the extensive trauma, Lenny is in good spirits and looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Lenny's surgery was made possible the Barco's Nightingales Foundation, a long-time ReSurge partner. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at ReSurge International Blog
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ReSurge International and nearly 60 organizations from around the world gathered together in Blantyre, Malawi last week to strategize how best to dramatically increase access to surgical care in developing countries. (Currently, 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical care and anesthesia when needed.) We are all part of the G4 Alliance, a coalition advocating for the neglected surgical patient and building greater public health priority for surgical care as part of universal health coverage. ReSurge, a founding G4 member and leader in the alliance, joined members from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons-Ireland, Vanderbilt, Harvard, COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa), Jhpiego and dozens of other NGOs, academic institutions and professional medical societies. ReSurge partners in Africa (l to r): Sara Anderson, ReSurge Chief Advocacy Officer and G4 Alliance Board Member; Dr. Goran Jovic, ReSurge Surgical Outreach Director... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at ReSurge International Blog