Jalandhar, India, September 2008
Our first mission was conducted in September 6 - 14, 2008 in Jalandhar. There where about 50 patients recruited; we were able to operate on 7 of them. Most of them were suffering from facial burns. After patient recruiting and evaluation, surgeries at the respective hospitals, assisted and prepared by the local staff, took place.
It was supported and locally prepared by Dr. Chanjiv Singh, plastic surgeon, member of the Indian Society of Plastic Surgery, by Women for Women India, by the Rotary Club of Jalandhar Central, by „Helpline“, a local charity organisation, by „SSScharitable Trust“, by Dr. Shingara Singh Hospital, Jalandhar, and by Johal Hospital & Trauma Center, Jalandhar.
A large local organizing committee had been convened and with the above mentioned partners prepared our mission perfectly, providing very smooth coordination of patient treatment. We also were involved in a tree planting event at a nursing school in Jalandhar, where we managed to increase the awareness of these students for this kind of patients and to recruit patients. We also were able to discuss a social project with the director of the school: he is willing to create 5 additional positions in the school for these patients to integrate them for vocational training in nursing. The objective is to negotiate with the Health Ministry of Kuwait to integrate these Patients after their graduation from nursing school into their hospital communities.
We experienced an overwhelming gratitude and public support for our work and for increasing the public awareness for this severe social problem. We want to thank our colleagues in India for their excellent and effective work to make our project so successful.