Full Surgical Missions teams provide complex life-saving surgical care for children abroad, while training local providers to become self-sustaining.
These missions recruit teams of 10-15 medical staff to include surgeons, anesthesiologists, OR personnel and ICU/recovery nurses to emphasis training between the operating room and recovery care.
Larger missions require the assistance of non-medical volunteers to assist with documenting patients, supporting the day-to-day needs of the team, transporting & organizing medical supplies, and entertaining children visiting the hospital.
One-Man, small (1-3 people) surgical team that travels to a site for a week of service and to provide local surgeons and other medical professionals with more direct, intensive, shoulder-to-shoulder training and mentoring.
Micro-Team Missions (5-8 member teams) typically cater to sites where post-operative nursing skill sets and standards of care have met a safety threshold.
Training focuses on hands-on training in the operating room. A limited number non-surgical team volunteers may be considered to participate.
Independent ‘Indie’ Missions are comprised of a small team of surgeons and anesthesiologists (typically 1-4) deployed to work shoulder to shoulder with local surgeons in the operating room.
Sending a smaller team means we can send them multiple times per year to provide intensive training on a variety of specific procedures that the local surgeon has requested support.
Mending Kids partners with other NGOs to pool resources in order to deploy surgical teams providing more surgical training to even more countries worldwide.
UPCOMING 2020 MISSION TRIPs
In these trying times filled with uncertainty, we have readjusted our mission schedule out of concern for the health and wellbeing of our volunteers and medical teams, and most importantly our immunocompromised cardiac patients. Our mission to Namibia has been postponed and our upcoming trip to Peru is being rescheduled for the fall. Armenia and Tanzania programs are currently in a holding pattern. We hope to deploy our teams as soon as it is safe to do so.
Mauritius- Cardiac Mission
Lead by Dr. Zahn (February 15-22) with 14 children served
Namibia- Cardiac Mission
Lead by Dr. Agati (Postponed)
Peru- General Mission
Lead by Dr. Vincent Duron
Rescheduled - Fall 2020
Tanzania- ENT Mission
Lead by Dr. Ayal Willner (June 18-26)
Armenia- Plastics Mission
Lead by Dr. Andre Panossian (June 21-27)
Tanzania- Cardiac Mission
Co-Lead by Dr. Zahn & Dr. Agati (TBD)
Guatemala- ENT Mission
Lead by Dr. Varma (October 10-17)
Tanzania- ARM Mission
Lead by Dr. Frischer (TBD)
Honduras- Orthopedic Mission
Lead by Dr. Koloyan (TBD)