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$493 more needed

31,100 surgeries performed in 42 years of which 90% of patients were underserved

I am a Professor and Senior Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at the Public Health and Welfare Centre in Chennai, India. I have always wanted to become a …

Tetralogy of Fallot Focus

Tetralogy of fallot hampers normal blood flow through the heart. It happens when a baby’s heart does not form correctly as the baby grows and develops in the mother’s womb. These problems range in severity from “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. Tetralogy of Fallot occurs in approximately 400 per million live births and forms about 10% of congenital heart disease.

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  • $500 per treatment
  • 30%: Patient travel
  • 25%: Preoperative preparation
  • 25%: Postoperative follow-up
  • 20%: Patient Accommodation
Chennai, India
$98 more needed

Over 2000 surgeries completed in 14 years.
In the late 1990s, I fled the war in my native Serbia and moved to Zambia, where I am the only reconstructive plastic surgeon serving the country’s 14 million people. In Zambia, I …

Burn Repair Focus

Without immediate access to acute burn care, burn injuries begin to heal themselves by tightening and pulling skin together to form scar tissue (contractures) while attaching to another body part. These contractures greatly inhibit function and movement, and can cause severe disabilities. Post-burn reconstructive surgery releases these contractures to restore previous mobility, function, and appearance.

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  • Cost of treatment: $550.00
  • 16%: Equipment & supplies
  • 24%: Patient outreach & transportation
  • 60%: Treatment
Lusaka, Zambia and rural outskirts
$150 more needed

Over 10,000 women treated in 15 years
15 years ago, I was a public policy advocate on issues affecting low-income women and children. But I missed working with people directly. I decided to retrain as a nurse practitioner and started …

Reproductive Health Focus

The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2014, more than 4,000 women will die of cervical cancer. In countries where women cannot get routine screenings, cervical cancer is a common cause of death in women. Even in the United States, cervical cancer rates are much higher among low-income, uninsured, and immigrant populations. A basic cervical cancer screening, including a pap smear, takes less than half an hour, and is crucial to the early detection and treatment of the disease.

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  • $150 per treatment
  • 50%: Evaluation & Assessment: Exams, taking medical history, checking blood pressure, screening for domestic violence/sexual abuse.
  • 20%: Treatment: prescriptions, further screening via colpopscopy
  • 20%: Equipment: medications to take home, client education materials, materials needed to treat acute conditions in the clinic.
  • 10%: Follow-up: labs, referrals to outside agencies, care coordination, and follow-up appointments.
San Francisco, USA
$385 more needed

Saving the lives of thousands of women in rural Uganda for 15 years.

I am a Catholic nun, the Medical Director of Holy Virika Family Hospital, and the only obstetrician and gynecologist in the Kabarole district of Uganda. I feel …

Birth Injuries Focus

Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the bladder after severe or failed childbirth. It occurs more frequently in parts of the world without access to adequate healthcare resources. A caesarean section, a surgical procedure where incisions are made through the mother’s abdomen to deliver the baby, may be required in a serious case of obstructed labor.

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  • $400 per fistula repair
  • 25%: Medicines
  • 25%: Treatment
  • 15%: Training
  • 12.5%: Equipment & supplies
  • 12.5%: Accommodations & food
  • 10%: Transportation & patient outreach
  • $370 per caesarean section
  • 27%: Treatment
  • 22%: Medicines
  • 16%: Training
  • 13%: Accommodations & food
  • 11%: Equipment & supplies
  • 11%: Transportation & patient outreach
Kabarole District, Uganda
$140 more needed

I’ve wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 4 years old. My parents are Jamaican, my father was a biochemist and my mother was a nurse. I was born in Canada and we moved back to Jamaica for several …

Trauma Focus

Many kids are repeatedly exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as exposure to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; neglect; parental mental illness; substance use or incarceration; domestic violence and/or parental separation. The child’s ‘fight or flight’ system is activated so often that it stays on, leading to high levels of emergency hormones that change the structure and function of children’s developing brains and bodies. The more ACEs a child has been exposed to, the higher the risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, and even cancer.

In our center, we assess children for exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences and implement a multidisciplinary treatment plan using evidence-based and promising practices.

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  • $150 per assessment of exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • 50%: Treatment
  • 25%: Ongoing assessments & support
  • 15%: Equipment & supplies
  • 10%: Patient outreach & home visits
San Francisco, USA
$486 more needed

Over 15,000 babies delivered.

In 2002, I traveled to Sierra Leone to treat women with obstetric fistula, a debilitating birth complication that is almost never seen in countries like the US. Upon meeting and treating patients in Bo, Sierra Leone, …

Birth Injuries Focus

Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the bladder after severe or failed childbirth. It occurs more frequently in parts of the world without access to adequate healthcare resources.

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  • $1,000 per fistula repair surgery
  • 40%: Treatment
  • 30%: Accommodations & food
  • 20%: Patient transportation & outreach
  • 10%: Medicines & vitamins
Bo, Sierra Leone
$31 more needed

Over 70,000 patients treated in 13 years.

My name is Robert Kalyesubula. In 1984 my father was killed in a war in Luwero Uganda when I was only 8 years old. My mother disappeared at the same time, and my …

Obstructed Labor Focus

Obstructed labour is an abnormal or strenuous childbirth or labor. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as a prolonged labor, haemorrhage, lack of adequate prenatal care, etc. A caesarean section, a surgical procedure where incisions are made through the mother’s abdomen to deliver the baby, may be required in a serious case.

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  • $247 per obstructed labor treatment
  • 24%: Equipment & supplies
  • 23%: Medicines
  • 18%: Treatment
  • 17%: Accommodations & food
  • 12%: Transportation & patient outreach
  • 6%: Training
  • $127 per caesarean section
  • 24%: Equipment & supplies
  • 23%: Medicines
  • 22%: Treatment
  • 16%: Transportation & patient outreach
  • 11%: Accommodations & food
  • 4%: Training
Nakaseke District, Uganda
$253 more needed

More than 12,000 free surgeries provided to the rural poor of Nepal.

After I saw an American surgeon perform a cleft lip surgery in 1992, I decided to switch from cardiac to reconstructive surgery. I was lucky enough to train …

Burn Repair Focus

Without immediate access to acute burn care, burn injuries begin to heal themselves by tightening and pulling skin together to form scar tissue (contractures) while attaching to another body part. These contractures greatly inhibit function and movement, and can cause severe disabilities. Post-burn reconstructive surgery releases these contractures to restore previous mobility, function, and appearance.

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  • Cost of treatment: $550.00
  • 62%: Treatment
  • 18%: Equipment & supplies
  • 11%: Patient outreach & transportation
  • 9%: Accommodations & food
Kathmandu, Nepal
$264 more needed

Over 14,000 free surgeries for the poor in Ecuador.

As a child, I was set on being a fighter pilot, but before I was admitted to the Air Force Academy, a book on 1985 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s …

Burn Repair Focus

Without immediate access to acute burn care, burn injuries begin to heal themselves by tightening and pulling skin together to form scar tissue (contractures) while attaching to another body part. These contractures greatly inhibit function and movement, and can cause severe disabilities. Post-burn reconstructive surgery releases these contractures to restore previous mobility, function, and appearance.

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  • Cost of treatment: $495.00
  • 25%: Equipment & supplies
  • 14%: Patient outreach & transportation
  • 61%: Treatment
Guayaquil, Ecuador
$186 more needed

Performed over 3,300 surgeries in 28 years

When I was 23 years old, after being trained as a mechanic, I chose the civil service over the military service and went to the poorest regions of Bolivia. I lived for 3 …

Trauma Focus

Hematogenous Osteomyelitis is a severe infection that spreads to the bones through blood. It is a disease of the poor, instigated by immune depression and malnutrition. For a malnourished child, a simple bumping of the leg when playing can result in a severe infection that spreads through the blood and infects the bones. In the poorest areas of Bolivia this disease primarily affects children. In tragic cases, this infection can lead to limb amputation or death. It requires a complex treatment including balanced nutrition, medication and surgeries to treat the infected bone.

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  • $500 per treatment
  • 45%: Treatment (Anesthesia and external Traumatologist Surgeon's fee)
  • 30%: Medication & treatment
  • 15%: Accommodation and food
  • 10%: Equipment (radiology and lab)
Anzaldo, Bolivia
$392 more needed

Among the first female doctors in Somaliland 

My name is Dr. Shukri Mohamed Dahir and sitting next to me is Dr. Naima Ahmed Mohamed. We are both doctors: we went to Medical School together and are now working as a …

Birth Injuries Focus

Our focus is on providing safe births and caesarean sections for mothers. In Somaliland most mothers do not receive prenatal care. As a result, they often have unknown problems such as anemia, diabetes or hypertension that go untreated. Sometimes more serious issues develop, such as obstructed labor; in these cases, we do a surgical procedure known as a caesarian section, which involves making an incision through the mother's abdomen to deliver the baby.

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  • $425 per treatment
  • 47%: Operation
  • 19%: Medication & dressings
  • 19%: Hospital stay (8 days)
  • 9%: Lab tests, screening, grouping & X-matching
  • 6%: Anesthesia
Hargeisa, Somaliland
$588 more needed

Over 100 safe births conducted in her first year as an active Skilled Birth Attendant. Help train new Skilled Birth Attendants to ensure safe births for more women across Nepal.

To date, 388 safe births have been funded by my …

Training Focus: Safe Births

The 3-month training to become a certified Skilled Birth Attendant will teach Nepali nurses the necessary skills to provide essential medical care during pregnancy and birth and manage any complications. It will also equip them with safe birth kits necessary to use during deliveries, including pre-natal supplements, soap, a baby blanket and hat, and other supplies to minimize risk of infection.

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  • $1,000 per Skilled Birth Attendant training
  • 50%: Tuition
  • 30%: Travel expenses
  • 20%: Living expenses
Chharka, Nepal
$26 more needed

Getting homeless people out of pain for 11 years.

I am a volunteer dentist at the Suitcase Clinic and have offered my services to the poor and homeless since 2003. My background is in classical music: teaching piano lessons, managing …

Health Kit Focus

The Suitcase Clinic pharmacy provides medicines and ointments for conditions that are common within the local homeless population, such as scabies and major rashes. We also partner with different pharmacies in the local area. The critical health kits that we distribute to homeless people also includes hygiene supplies and basic medical items such a toothbrush, toothpaste, band-aids, pain killers, and clean socks. These items make the difference between leading a productive life or being held back with increasingly serious medical conditions.

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  • $30 per treatment
  • 50%: Hygiene supplies including shampoo, a bar of soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush
  • 33%: Water bottle with filter
  • 10%: First aid supplies including Ibuprofen, bandages, bandaids, Neosporin (antibiotic ointment)
  • 7%: Clean socks
Berkeley, USA