Second Chance: Restoring dignity through volunteer medical care
In Africa and other regions, people in countless communities are victims of wartime mutilation and trauma, including abuse, burns, malformations and other wounds that do not receive the attention they deserve and that, all too often, cannot be treated properly. Reconstructive surgery, based on highly specialized plastic surgery techniques, not only provides life-saving medical care – it also restores dignity and hope.
Dr. Pierre Quinodoz and the other Swiss surgeons of Second Chance share their skills with doctors at training seminars and via an effective telemedicine network in Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They directly provide treatment for several medical conditions and also train fellow doctors in Africa to perform reconstructive surgery.
Humanitarian aid today for a better tomorrow
By facilitating progress in the field of surgery in Africa and providing Swiss and African doctors the means to share their skills, the partnership between the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and Second Chance will make it possible to:
- Provide more care and local training;
- Donate necessary surgical equipment to carefully selected local surgeons;
- Set up telemedicine centers, initially in Goma (DRC) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania);
- Expand cooperation through the use of telemedicine and specially developed project software;
- Carefully monitor project impact using recognized methods to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program to public health and development aid bodies.