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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

Ecuador: Day Eight

We met in the lobby at 2:00 am, packed our luggage into the same cargo truck that had met us at the airport only a week prior, and then we all loaded into the hotel shuttle to make our way back to the Guayaquil airport.

Ecuador: Day Seven

Friday was our final full clinical day in Guayaquil. We had three objectives for the day: 1) complete 9 scheduled cases, 2) educate and prepare Dr. Castillo regarding the anticipated postoperative course for the cases we did over the week, and 3) organize and repack our surgical instruments in preparation for the trip back to the states.

Ecuador: Day Six

By our third day in the operating room, we started to get the flow of cases down. We had 8 cases on the schedule, some of which that took between 3 and 4 hours.

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