Follow THP in Bolivia

May 16, 2016

Touching Hands Project  volunteers Robin Neil Kamal, MD and Erin Thomas, OTR/L, CHT arrived in La Paz, Bolivia on Saturday with the ReSurge International team. Follow the team as they embark on this two-week surgical mission by reading their blog updates.

This is one of nine missions involving the THP team in 2016. Here are five things you should know about the Touching Hands Project:

  1. THP’s inaugural mission was to Haiti in July 2014. The team was led by Scott Kozin, and included 10 team members. While there, the team oversaw 44 clinical patients and 15 operations.
  2. Since its conception, THP’s impact has grown enormously. In the first year of the program, THP saw 15 surgeries. In fiscal year 2015, that number had grown to over 200.
  3. THP trips are not just surgical missions. During the program’s most recent trip to St. Vincent’s Island, THP volunteers had the opportunity to lecture to local orthopedic residents. Educating local surgeons is the most effective way to get to the root of these communities’ lack of orthopedic care.
  4. THP doesn’t always work alone. Partner organizations help THP to expand its mission. For the upcoming mission to La Paz, Bolivia, ReSurge International will be hosting two THP volunteers. THP has also worked with CURE Ethiopia, World Pediatric Project, and many others.
  5. THP is always looking for volunteers. Whether you are an upper extremity surgeon, OR nurse, anesthesiologist, or hand therapist, THP has an upcoming mission for you!

To volunteer for an upcoming mission, click here
To donate to the Touching Hands Project, click here