Serving patients in need
The Women for Women programme aims to help women suffering from physical injuries as a result of domestic abuse, war or other socio-cultural reasons in third-world countries. It intends to encourage these women to undergo treatment with a female plastic surgeon, with whom they may feel more comfortable, and to make available highly qualified surgeons to provide the assistance they need. The Women for Women programme by IPRAS provides a service that is cost neutral from a patient’s perspective, and is free at the point of service.
Collaborating with local organisations
On each mission, Women for Women intend to work together with existing local humanitarian projects if available. The reciprocal exchange between local humanitarian organisations and the Women for Women programme ensures that the patients receive effective and sustainable treatment. In close cooperation with local organisations, Women for Women by IPRAS intends to offer female patients that are being treated, the opportunity of finding gainful employment should they need it. This could involve, for example, offering training to become a nurse.
Enable young residents to get involved with humanitarian missions as well as to gain experience in working with limited resources.
Solidarity and create awareness
The Women for Women programme aims to channel assistance from women who are able, through their expertise, to provide medical assistance to female patients who, because of their social environment, have few opportunities for treatment. Famous female surgeons coming to a rural hospital create awareness for the socio-cultural problems the women undergo. By no means is the intent of the programme to follow feministic ideology.