ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) provides free reconstructive
surgery for the poor in 13 developing countries. It renews the health of 3,000 people each year—so they can go to school, provide for their
families, and be productive members of society. It empowers local doctors
to increase year-round access to medical care in underserved areas and
provides comprehensive reconstructive surgery and follow-up care. By doing
so, ReSurge impacts the world by reducing suffering and poverty, giving more
patients a second chance for a normal, productive life.
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The first organization of its kind, ReSurge has renewed the health and
dreams of children and adults with deformities and injuries since 1969.
We’re one of the only organizations whose focus is the full scope of
reconstructive surgery and empowering local surgeons with training and
support, so we can provide comprehensive care year-round. We have the
expertise and experience to treat almost every possible scenario that’s
repairable through reconstructive plastic surgery—from clefts and deformed
hands to disabling burns and other injuries.
We’re now combining this comprehensive approach to surgical care with an
increased commitment to an integrated continuum of care. For example, in
Nepal, Nicaragua and in a growing number of countries, we’re putting greater
priority on physical therapy following hand and burn surgeries and speech
therapy following cleft surgery.
We’re also building surgical capacity on a sustainable basis, training and
supporting local doctors to meet the needs of their own communities
for generations to come. In fact, surgeons from the developing world,
empowered by us, now perform more than 80 percent of our surgeries year-round. This
empowerment model allows us to transform exponentially more lives, in the
most cost-effective way of delivering life-changing reconstructive surgeries.
Volunteer team trips and visiting educator workshops also have a critical role
in teaching, evaluating new sites and providing surgeries in locations where
the caseload is overwhelming.