April 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Today we traveled through rain, sleet and snow to Gyumri where we visited a Medical Clinic, Children’s Hospital , a kindergarten and orphanage. The highlight of the day was sharing time with 119 orphans under the age of 7 of which about 20% required some type of corrective surgery.
The Austrian Children’s Hospital was built about ten years ago to serve the needs of the local region. Many specialists are not available in this area including Plastic Reconstructive surgeons.
The hospitality of our local hosts was heartwarming, as were the smiles of the children we met today.
Its evident to us that there is a need for surgical care. We are meeting with several other doctors tommorrow to review the need
April 28, 2010 § 2 Comments
Yesterday, after a few hours to recover from the long journey to Yerevan, we began our morning after breakfast by visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum. This was a very sobering and emotional start for our day. The date of the genocide rememberence was April 24 and the site was still adorned with thousands of beautiful flowers.
Following this visit, we went the local Children’s Charity Hospital where we met with an administrator, the medical director and the staff plastic surgeon. We had a lengthy discussion regarding the ways that the Plasticos Foundation might be able to help them care for their patients.
Today we attended a local private grade school supported by the Lazarian and Gertmanian Family Foundations. The School Director was an amazing women who has developed a wonderful educational environment and curriculum for the lucky children who are able to attend.
This evening dinner was hosted by the Ohanyans, a local family who provided us with a feast of Armenian dishes leaving us too stuffed to move. Their kindness and warmth was overwhelming. Their son Vahe, an emerging film producer, has been kind enough to act as our translator and facilitator during our visit
April 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hopefully this volcanic cloud will not stop us from flying to Armenia!
April 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
The Plasticos Foundation has been invited to Armenia by representatives of their educational and health care representatives to colaborate with their medical providers to improve care to children with clefts and other birth deformities.
We will be conducting a site visit with the purpose of bringing a team to Armenia that will work with the local doctors and nurses to provide this care. We will determine what educational needs will enhance the existing knowledge base of Armenian team members. We will determine financial needs and restrictions contributing to problems in distribution of health care. We will see what surgical and medical equipment we can provide to help these doctors better treat their children. We will visit their clinics , hospitals and surgical facilities to understand what the existing conditions are for providing surgical care and the ways in which we can help to improve this infrastructure.