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Our mission

The Touching Hands Project (THP) provides life-changing hand surgeries, rehabilitation and medical training in the world’s underserved communities.

From children with deformities to adults with chronic pain or victims of unspeakable violence, the THP volunteers work to better the lives of patients who desperately need hand care. We send teams of hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and hand therapists to countries that have little access to medical care. Our work allows these patients to use their hands again, whether it's to hold their child, return to work, eat a meal, or put on their shoes. Your support, even in the smallest amount, can change a life.

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1214

surgeries performed

291

volunteers

41

missions

13

countries visited

What We Do

PERFORM HAND SURGERY

Our surgeons perform free hand surgery on patients who do not have access to the proper healthcare.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

Our medical teams do their best to visit countries more than once to follow up with patients they previously treated.

PROVIDE HAND THERAPY

Post-surgery, our patients are seen by hand therapists who provide them with exercises to ensure a healthy recovery.

TEACH LOCAL DOCTORS

In addition to treating patients, our team spends time with local medical professionals to expand their knowledge of hand surgery.

HELP BUILD COMMUNITIES

After receiving care from our teams, many patients are able to return to work and begin contributing to their community again.

CHANGE LIVES

Our medical care gives children and adults the opportunity to live a happy and normal life, with healthy, functioning hands.

From Our Blog

Ethiopia: Day Two

The next OR days were filled with a mixture of burn and congenital reconstructive surgeries. We quickly got back in the groove with the fantastic local nursing and anesthesia staff including US-trained lead anesthesiologist James Layton, MD who were supported by two visiting US anesthesiology fellows from Stanford.

Ethiopia: Day One

With the Friday/Saturday course behind us, we were ready to start our clinical work with a clinic screening day. The staff at Cure Hospital graciously agreed to work on a Sunday and welcomed us with open arm and warm smiles. The 5th mission to Ethiopia resembled a family reunion.

Ghana: January 11-25

Dr. Brad Rockwell, a Hand Surgeon at University of Utah Medical Center, kicked off 2019 for the Touching Hands Project by participating in our first ever THP-funded Ghana mission, in partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). This was Dr. Rockwell's 8th visit to Ghana, and we are thrilled to have had such an experienced surgeon at the helm of this mission.

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