Why Reconstructive Surgery?
30% of the global burden of disease is due to surgical conditions — three times more than Malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS combined. Additionally, 18 million people die annually due to surgically treatable conditions, and millions more experience a lower quality of life from preventable disabilities. By partnering with promising reconstructive plastic surgeons in low-income countries, we open the door to change lives and build a brighter future for everyone.
Training one surgeon creates a substantial ripple effect that can change the world. Just one surgeon can treat more than 9,000 patients in their career and boost the global economy by $25 million annually. We also teach surgeons to train others — repeating the cycle of education and creating greater access to patients in need.
What is Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery restores normal function from an accident or trauma, a congenital condition, or cancer. Road traffic accidents, burns, missing digits, cleft lips and palates, and cancer reconstruction are all common conditions reconstructive surgeons treat. At ReSurge, we are one of the few organizations to provide the full scope of reconstructive surgical care for those in low-income communities.
Reconstructive Surgery and Poverty
This gap in care results from two shortcomings. One, injuries like burns and traffic-related injuries are higher in low-income countries. Two, there is a shortage of reconstructive surgeons globally. To put this shortage in perspective, the U.S. has 1 plastic surgeon per 50,000 people, while Sub-Saharan Africa only has 1 reconstructive surgeon per 10,000,000 people.
It is well-proven that universal access to surgical care alleviates poverty and suffering
Every 2 Seconds
Someone dies from a neglected surgical condition
More people develop surgical conditions than HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria combined
Of the global burden of disease is from surgical conditions
Of fatal fire-related burns occur in low-income countries
People die each year due to surgically treatable conditions
People do not have access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical care
We scale our model to impact entire regions and economies while keeping individual patient care and safety at our core.
Meet Our Patients
The patients we serve through our Local Outreach Partners and Surgical Team Trips programs at ReSurge are the core of what we do, and, in many ways, those we treat transform our lives as much as we change theirs. Discover more about their life-changing stories below.
We are grateful for our opportunity to touch the lives of those needing surgical treatment worldwide and grow sustainable systems for local surgical teams in low-income countries. However, we cannot make an impact without your support. Donate today to create a ripple effect that changes the world through life-changing, no-cost reconstructive surgeries.