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Under normal circumstances, the mission of ReSurge's surgical team in Nepal is to provide reconstructive surgeries for people in need. But after the region was rocked by earthquakes in late April and early May, the team immediately shifted its focus to urgent care.
ReSurge's Nepal team, with our local partner Phect-Nepal, treated 800 victims, including 250 who needed major surgery for burns, fractures and other severe injuries. Meanwhile, ReSurge reinforced the team's efforts by sending in medical volunteers, supplies, advanced training and more.
The precision of the responses reflects the investments we've made in medical training and surgical capacity in Nepal for almost 20 years. Today we have an expert surgical team of 50 medical professionals -- including nine of Nepal's 16 plastic surgeons -- in the field who were well-equipped to respond to the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in decades.
Thanks to their work, 137 quake victims received major reconstructive plastic surgery. Physical and occupational therapists also provided more than 1,400 post-surgical sessions, and their work continues to this day.
We're grateful to our team on the ground, and also to the volunteers who flew to Nepal to assist their colleagues. For example, we sent a microsurgery team to Nepal to provide training and help care for the most seriously injured patients. Microsurgery can help prevent the loss of limbs. To provide access to this very specialized surgery in Nepal for nearly two months, we also helped coordinate teams from Interplast Australia and England to help more earthquake victims receive the microsurgery they needed.
ReSurge provided more than just medical care. On the advocacy front, we led a coalition of more than 50 international organizations that lobbied Nepal and UN officials for the successful inclusion of reconstructive surgery in the recovery plan. Consequently, reconstructive plastic surgery was specifically mentioned in the government's plans for the first time. Our own Dr. Shankar Rai now leads the UN Injury cluster's reconstructive surgery working group, a newly formed group.
Even though we're several months removed from the earthquakes, more than 2.8 million people still need help. Many lacked access to care or received inadequate treatment, and patients whose wounds don't heal properly may need reconstructive surgical care later to regain the use of limbs.
So ReSurge will continue to do as we've done for decades in Nepal. We'll build surgical capacity, and we'll provide reconstructive plastic surgical care and rehabilitation for those in need. We will serve earthquake victims and anyone else who sustain burns, other injuries and congenital abnormalities.
With the support of our donors, ReSurge will continue to provide surgical aid to those in need. Thank you for your help improving lives.
ReSurge International is on the vetted InterAction and USAID list of key NGOs, responding to the crisis.