Year in Review 2016 Milestones

As 2016 draws to a close, we at ReSurge International are reflecting on the year's events. As many countries around the world turn their focus inwards, our mission is more critical than ever.

We are proud to share our latest accomplishments and activities. Some of our many significant milestones are as follows:

  • We performed more than 4,000 procedures on nearly 2,500 participants. We provided hands-on training to more than 80 medical professionals and lecture training to nearly 500.
  • We have now been approved to accept donations (denominated in rupees) from companies and individuals residing in India. We now provide Indian donors with a receipt for tax purposes.
  • ReSurge organized the Congressional Briefing on Surgical Care and the Global Need, together with the G4 Alliance and the Congressional Global Health Caucus. Dr. Kiran Nakarmi, ReSurge's surgical outreach director in Nepal, was a speaker at this event to educate Congressional staff on the benefits of increasing surgical capacity in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).
  • Dr. Jim Chang, ReSurge’s Consulting Medical Officer, traveled to Bhutan with Margrit Elliot, a former ReSurge volunteer nurse, now heads of the Global Burn Care and Reconstructive Institute (GBCRI) a non-profit focused on work in Bhutan. ReSurge will be partnering with GBCRI, to provide surgical care in Bhutan in the coming years.
  • We co-sponsored, with Cuba’s Ministry of Health, a reconstructive plastic surgery symposium in Havana that will kick off a multi-year medical and technical exchange with medical professionals in Cuba.
  • ReSurge was recognized as a legal entity from the government of Nepal. This effort supports our efforts to establish Nepal as a regional training center, as well as to work with local ministries to expand access to surgical care.
  • For the third consecutive year, ReSurge was selected as one of just eight organizations for Stanford University's Design for Extreme Affordability program. Through this initiative, multi-disciplinary student teams work with ReSurge to design products and services to advance burn and surgical care in developing countries.
  • We provided surgical care to over 100 survivors of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador April 16. Longtime partner Dr. Jorge Palacios and his team provided care with ReSurge’s support. ReSurge also sent emergency medical supplies to our teams on the ground, as well as two occupational therapists to assist survivors’ recovery.
  • Welcomed new board members Dr. Rick Reddett, Tyson Clark, and Sai Lolayekar to the Board of Directors and Michelle Nathanson as Chief Development Officer.

ReSurge continues to provide and, ultimately, expand access to surgical care for those living in poverty and in remote areas through an ambitious combination of methods including:

  • Financial support for local surgical partners in the countries we serve, who perform 87% of our surgeries. Our support enables these partners to treat people who could not otherwise afford surgical care.
  • Training of these local surgical partners, and others in-country, through our ReSurge Global Training program (RGTP). RGTP sends members of our Academic Faculty to train local medical professionals, tracking trainees’ progress against milestones established by the RGTP curriculum, and ultimately expanding the range of procedures our trainees can provide.
  • Surgical team trips where US medical teams provide surgical care in the countries we serve.
  • Advocacy work with international health organizations and local Ministries of Health, to influence these bodies to prioritize access to surgical care for those in need.

Thank you for your contributions to our success in 2016. We wish you and all our supporters the very best in 2017.

Meet Chandra: “When I was young, I fell into the kitchen fire. Before [my surgery] I was embarrassed, but now I feel just like every other person. I can live a normal life now and that I am thankful for.”
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