Kathmandu, Nepal -- Sara Anderson, ReSurge chief communications officer
For the last two days, students from Stanford University's Design for Extreme Affordability course have shadowed ReSurge/PHECT-Nepal surgeons and the physical therapist with our Surgical Outreach Program in an effort to learn more about how to prevent burn disabilities before they happen. Students in the course have partnered with ReSurge to design products and services that will help improve prevention and treatment of burn injuries in Nepal.
Two of the students in the course, Kim Souza and Maria Langet, are shown in the above photo observing ReSurge therapist Mohan Dangol in a hand therapy session with a 2-year-old girl who had surgery to release burn scar contractures that had developed on her hand.
The students also spent time at Bir Hospital, which houses the nation's leading government burn ward. Patients from all over the country come to Bir for treatment, but resources and trained staff are limited. They are only able to do surgeries twice a week, for instance. The hospital treats approximately 200 patients each year, but thousands in Nepal are severely burned each year.
ReSurge is very thankful to Stanford and to the teaching team with Extreme for their focus on this neglected global health issue. We look forward to seeing what comes from this field research and will be sure to keep you posted along the way.