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Our mission

The Touching Hands Project (THP) provides free hand surgery and hand therapy to adults and children in underserved communities around the world.

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

Guatemala: OR Day 4

4 of today’s cases were syndactyly releases.  Syndactyly is webbing or fusion of the digits, and it can affect the hand and/or foot and any webspace (although most commonly in the third webspace for the hand).  It can be seen in isolation or...

THP Partnership: CURE Ethiopia Documentary

Since 2015, Touching Hands Project volunteers have partnered with CURE Ethiopia to perform hand and upper extremity surgeries on physically disabled children at Cure Ethiopia Children's Hospital in Addis Ababa. 

Guatemala: OR Day 3

There are many burn injuries in Guatemala, with the most common mechanism being scalds.  We saw other burn scars and contractures from fires and acid. 

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