CURE Children’s Hospitals are world-class facilities with highly trained surgeons and caregivers providing specialized care for children with disabilities. From pre-surgery evaluation, through surgeries, physical therapy, and mobility device fitting, children receive comprehensive, transformational care.
Despite the challenge of a global pandemic, CURE International is celebrating a record-breaking volume of paediatric surgeries — the most in a single year since its founding in 1996.
During the last fiscal year, which ended in June 2022, the CURE network of children’s hospitals across Africa and the Philippines provided a record-breaking 14,333 paediatric surgeries to children with treatable disabilities. This remarkable achievement is a 50% increase from the previous year.
“We are so grateful for the privilege of serving so many children, families, and communities in some of the most underserved regions of the world. This accomplishment is made possible by the grace of God, the generous support of CURE donors/partners, and our 1,000 colleagues who come to CURE every day to serve with compassion and excellence,” says Justin Narducci, President/CEO of CURE International.
Thirteen years ago in Kenya, a two-week-old baby named Milan was diagnosed with acquired hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up inside the child’s brain at the time of birth or shortly after.
With no time to waste, Henry and Carol bundled up their baby and travelled from Kenya to CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda (CURE Uganda), which came highly recommended for its surgical excellence and compassionate care.
“We knew that we wanted to do whatever we could to give hope to our child,” says Henry, Milan’s father.
Fast forward to 2022: Milan is a smart, healthy, creative young teen boy who loves playing chess, enjoys riding his bike around the neighbourhood, and, as his mother happily shares, “is doing very well … his milestones have all been fine.”
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Today, five billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical or anaesthesia care.
This access is worse in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), where nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.
As a result, treatable disabilities – which have essentially been eradicated in high-income countries – become permanent debilitating conditions; often with a lifetime of physical pain, shame, and isolation.
Since the opening of its first hospital in 1998, CURE has provided over 5.3 million patient visits and performed over 315,00 surgical procedures.