Stanford medical student Lawrance Cai and Adnan Iqbal, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business student, are in Kathmandu, Nepal this week for further research on their Design for Extreme Affordability project, Real Skin. In partnership with ReSurge’s team in Nepal, Real Skin is working to establish Nepal’s first ever skin bank to reduce burn wound infection and save lives.
“Lawrence and I have had an amazing first week here on the ground working alongside Dr. Shankar Rai (ReSurge surgical outreach director) and his incredible team,” said Adnan. “We are continuously inspired by their passion for patient care and commitment to serving those who would otherwise be underserved.”
In the last week, they have met with the burn surgical team, burn care nurse team, skin bank manager, lab team, microbiology team, patients, patient families and more.
“All in all, things are progressing smoothly and our protocols have been very well received (and are much needed to help make the skin bank a reality). We're looking forward to week two and inching closer to Nepal's first ever skin bank,” concluded Adnan.
ReSurge is proud to partner with Stanford and these amazing students in an effort to help save the lives of burn victims in Nepal. With just the pilot project in our one hospital, Real Skin estimates that approximately 70 lives could be saved in a year.
For more about Real Skin, check out their blog.
Photos courtesy of Lawrence Cai and Adnan Iqbal