The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Second Chance

Second Chance was founded in Geneva in June 2010 by Dr. Pierre Quinodoz and other surgeons working to provide reconstructive surgery and training to help often-forgotten victims of devastating conflicts. The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations support the non-profit organization’s efforts and its long-term success.

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.

A strong partnership based on shared values

Second Chance and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations focus on access to care, patient comfort, ongoing training and a sustainable aid model in their joint drive to achieve the ambitious goal of building a model of development and humanitarian aid based on sharing, rigor and excellence.

In 2012, on recommendation from Geneva University's Alumni Association, the Education Authority of the same University awarded Second Chance's founding doctors with the honorific price "Alumni of the year" (the five doctors all graduated from the medical faculty of Geneva).