2018 OUTREACH INITIATIVE
TSHT has chosen to spotlight an organization that is providing surgical intervention and rehabilitation to people with limited healthcare resources in regions across the world. During our 2017-2018 year TSHT has selected The Touching Hands Project. Below we have included their mission and vision along with their website. We encourage you to check out the great work they do for children and adults to provide better quality of life.
Each THP medical team is comprised of hand surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and hand therapists. The teams travel around the world to poor countries such as Haiti, Ethiopia and Honduras to treat and evaluate patients for hand and/or arm conditions, deformities and injuries. During each 1- or 2-week mission, the THP team will see and treat around 100 patients!
Many of the patients treated are victims of horrific violence that takes place in these struggling countries. The people in the communities we visit have limited access to healthcare and sometimes have no hand surgeons in the entire country. Our teams are giving children an opportunity to grow up and function as a normal child and are giving adults the opportunity to use their hands again, which can be a matter of survival in countries where manual labor dominates the work force.
Since 2014, our THP teams have visited 11 countries on more than 20 different missions. Our repeated presence in certain locations allows our medical professionals to develop relationships with their patients and provide follow-up care to ensure long-term healthy patients. The patients in these communities rely on our presence for continuing care.
THP began in 2014 with a single mission, expanding to five missions in 2015 and ten missions in 2016. In 2016, we also completed our first domestic mission, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia Hand, Shoulder and Elbow (GHSE). For one day, the staff at GHSE treated patients from and around Atlanta who do not have access to healthcare.
Our teams also plan to visit new countries such as Ghana and Vietnam, and revisit places like Honduras.
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Check out AFSH Touching Hands Project: http://www.assh.org/afsh/Grants-Awards-and-Programs/Outreach/Touching-Hands-Project