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Daniel’s patient wait for transformative surgery

After many years of waiting, last year Daniel from Samoa finally had his bilateral cleft palate repaired by a visiting Interplast team. It was a great outcome for the young boy, opening up a brighter future that will include less chance of social exclusion, better speech development, ease of eating and drinking, and more. But his story illustrates the challenges of treating conditions that are dealt with quite early in a child’s life in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more in this story on our website.

Trekkers start preparing for their Base Camp adventure with Turia

We’ve had a fantastic response to our upcoming Everest Base Camp Trek with Turia Pitt, with 31 trekkers now signed up for the adventure of a lifetime. They’re all training hard, and making a great fundraising effort to reach our team target of $200,000. Examples include Sam Taylor, whose young sons (pictured) have been selling snacks to help their mum out, and Ella Ravell, who has been selling succulents and hosted a movie night. Can you help them out? Head to the Turia’s Everest Trek website to donate and push Turia and our amazing team past their fundraising goal!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Mountain Designs, for their generous and ongoing support of Interplast and our trekkers.

Programs get started for the New Year

The start of the New Year is a very busy period at Interplast. We kicked things off with a surgical mentoring visit to Vanuatu and a craniofacial surgery mentoring program in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was also attended by a Nepali surgeon who travelled from Kathmandu.

Later in February, a head and neck surgical mentoring program will also be delivered in Colombo. Three full general plastic and reconstructive surgical programs will be delivered in Laos, Tonga and the Philippines. The Laos and Tonga programs will also include an allied health component, with either a hand therapist or a physio supporting the surgical team with the follow-up of patients and providing training to local staff.

The next six months are looking very busy as we aim to have delivered about 80 programs by the end of the financial year, and we will soon be starting our program planning for 2017-18.

Interplast included in Bendigo Rotary showcase

We were delighted to be part of the first leg of the 2017 Rotary Showcase Roadshow in Bendigo, northern Victoria, on Australia Day. About 15,000 people walked the circuit around Lake Weerona to learn about the many ways that Rotary is working for a better world. The most frequently heard comment was “I didn’t know that Rotary did all of these things”. Pictured you can see the local Chinese dragons dancing past the Interplast stand. View a gallery of images from the day here. Two more showcases will be held, one at Melbourne’s Federation Square in February and the other at Echuca, Northern Victoria, in June.

Our thanks to the Rotary clubs of Bendigo and region, and the District 9800 team.

Find out more about the important partnership between Rotary and Interplast here.

Thanks to your support, breast cancer education to continue in Solomon Islands

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Breast Cancer Education Appeal – you’re helping to educate women in the Pacific about breast cancer and making a difference for them and their families.

The next nurse education program that will include breast care education will be taking place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in late May. The team will include three nurse educators, including Leah Lynch-Rurehe, a breast care nurse who will be returning to Honiara after her previous visit in June 2016. She will aim to continue breast self-examination training and provision of educational resources to the six remaining Honiara City Council clinics, along with education sessions in local churches. She will also provide education about a range of cancers as part of the Interplast nurse education program at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.

We hope to extend these types of programs to other Pacific countries soon.

You can change futures across the Asia Pacific today

Your ongoing financial support allows us to continue our work to repair bodies and rebuild lives. Please make a secure online donation via our website donation page.

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