RESTOR International’s work is made possible by the generosity of our mission sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We perform approximately 90 surgeries per mission at a cost of between $80,000 and $120,000, depending upon the site and country we travel to.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for Rotary Clubs and Districts as well as other service oriented organizations, private foundations, and individual donors. Volunteer opportunities are also available for medical and non-medical personnel.
Multi-Disciplinary Surgical Teams
Teams include reconstructive plastic surgeons with special training in cleft care, pediatricians, nurses, paediatric anaesthesiologists, surgeons of other disciplines as needed (i.e., gynecologists) as well as dentists and orthodontists, if needed. These highly skilled professionals work closely with local hospital staff and doctors sharing techniques and working side-by-side to augment and increase care and capacity for treatment. Non-medical volunteers, who pay for their own transportation, perform valuable tasks such as patient registration, instrument sterilization, translation, patient transport, quartermaster duties, photojournalism and comforting families. RESTOR International missions vary in size with teams ranging from 15 to 35 members. A typical mission lasts two weeks.
RESTOR International travels by invitation to each site, working with hospitals, surgeons, local governments, NGO’s and other groups to bring needed care and medical equipment and supplies, if required. Working in partnership with Rotary Clubs and Rotarian volunteers at home and at mission sites, RESTOR International builds the logistical capability necessary to support medical teams and to help establish self-sufficiency in the countries where we work.
RESTOR International is an organization built on volunteer spirit. If you are interested in joining a medical mission, look for information on how to be a medical or non-medical volunteer.
If you would like information about available missions or if you would like to personally sponsor a mission, or gather a group of friends, family, or colleagues to sponsor a mission please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gamby Burn Clinic
RESTOR International’s November 2014 mission to Bahir Dar Ethiopia reinforced the urgent need to continue to expand our work in chronic burn care services to help treat the terrible disfigurements caused by open fires.
During this mission, over 50 surgeries alone involved burn contracture release. Where possible, Dr. Stan Valnicek and his team were able to surgically remove the thick scar tissue that settles around a healed burn and causes horrible disfigurement and physical disability. Third degree burns are a chronic problem in Ethiopia, often afflicting young children who fall into the flames. Without the most basic burn treatments that are available in places like Canada the resulting injuries cause a life of disability, pain, and social isolation.
What we were able to accomplish in November was only possible because of our PARTNERSHIP: our hosts at the Gamby Hospital were incredible, providing clinical support and facilities; our Ethiopian Rotaract volunteers were absolutely essential, providing translation, transportation, and logistical help; and of course to the Rotary clubs, fellow Rotarians, and individual donors who fund our work.
We see the hope and optimism for a better life in the smiles of our patients—together we are restoring lives by providing the urgent and sometimes basic medical care that we take for granted in Canada.
RESTOR International (as Rotaplast Canada and in partnership with Rotaplast International) has funded and/or facilitated 10 missions to various areas in developing countries since 2004.
|Iquique, Chile||February 2004||69|
|Batangas, Philippines||November 2004||103|
|Da Nang, Vietnam||March 2006||91|
|Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||November 2006||97|
|Cebu City, Philippines||November 2007||87|
|Karaikel, India||April 2008||56|
|Chengde, China||October 2008||122|
|Bahir Dar, Ethiopi||November 2009||82|
|Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||November 2012||58|
|Bahir Dar, Ethiopia||November 2014||71|
|Bahir Dar, Ethiopia||November 2016|
|Bahir Dar, Ethiopia||November 2018|
These missions were funded with help from many Okanagan Rotary clubs and featured Okanagan and Canadian and medical and non-medical volunteers.