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31 mission trips and over 1400 patients

Welcome to Surgical Volunteers International
Surgical Volunteers International was formed in 2007. Since that time we have done 22 missions treating over 1000 children with clefts, burns and urological problems. We have offered surgical procedures and treatments in places like Egypt, Vietnam, Guatemala, and Colombia. Our teams work worldwide, from Guatemala to Vietnam, from Morocco to India.
          We also empower the local doctors by offering free training and education during our stay. The local doctors both observe and work hand in hand with our team. Making their doctors self-sufficient insures that whatever work we do continues after we are gone.
As I look back over the last 12 months I see four very successful trips. Two for burn reconstruction in Vietnam and two for clefts in Haiti. Out of the four trips we had two new sites. Cap Haitian , haiti and Parintins , Brazil. The trip to Cap Haitian was an effort to reach out to the patients in the North of Haiti and also to train and equipment local surgeons. The hospital and staff were all very anxious to learn. five of them will join us in January for further training. The trip to Brazil was a real adventure as we went by boat from Manaus for the three day trip to Parintins. Sleeping on the open deck in Hammocks While we made our way up the Amazon picking up patients along the way. To be truthful I had a bed! The other two trips were to our regular hospital in Ho Chi Minh City where we treated patients suffering from debilitating burn scars. It always amazes me how well this patients adjust their situation. always smiling and willing to assist the other patients with their needs. All in all SVI was able to provide much needed cleft surgery to 87 patients and 78 burn reconstruction surgical procedures. Michael our resident dentist was also providing dental care to local staff patients families. All of this was provided without charge to either the patients or their families. I would like to thank our volunteers for their tireless work and efforts to provide first class medicine in challenging situations. I would also like to thank Smile Train, Amazon Outreach and the City of Parintins for their support. I am looking forward to the upcoming year with trips planned to Haiti, Vietnam , Brazil and maybe haiti for hernias.
For the remainder of this year we have a Health Fair clinic scheduled in St Vincents, and clefts missions to Haiti and Brazil. I will be adding missions for 2014 as soon as dates and locations are set.

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