What's going on at Interplast

18th Nov 2015

In Frank’s hands

Ni-Vanuatu toddler Frank lost his home in Cyclone Pam, and in addition, fell into a fire and burnt his hands. An Interplast surgeon – also named Frank – helped him use them again.

17th Nov 2015

A history of changing futures

Professor Donald Marshall AM helped found Interplast in 1983. He reflects on what attracts volunteers to the organisation.

 

30th Jun 2015

Thank you for making a lifetime of difference

In her final update, team member, Melbourne nurse Jill Dickinson, reflects on her time in Nepal.

“The bonding of the community to offer help wherever they could was a truly humbling and inspiring privilege to play a very small part in.”

 

28th Jun 2015

A nurse’s notes from Nepal – Day six

We’ve been bringing you stories from Jill Dickinson, a Melbourne nurse who recently visited Nepal on an Interplast program to assist our local partners with earthquake recovery efforts. In her final update, Jill tells the story of Sher Bahadue Bojah, a 57 year old farmer who suffered a badly broken leg in the earthquake. “Sher Bahadue Bojah lost most of his family in the earthquake and his home needs to be rebuilt.”

26th Jun 2015

A nurse’s notes from Nepal – Day Five

Our series of stories from our recent program in Nepal continues. Melbourne nurse Jill Dickinson shares her stories of the remarkable people she met in Nepal, and the work of the local team in Kathmandu.

Today we hear the story of Nat Bdr Nepali, a 60 year old tailor who was working in his shop when the earthquake hit. He was caught under the rubble of his home in the darkness for over 3 hours.

“Nat’s elder widowed sister  who he lives with was by his side caring for him. She was sleeping out at the hospital because their home was destroyed.”

 

24th Jun 2015

A nurse’s notes from Nepal – Day Four

We’ve been bringing you stories from Jill Dickinson, a Melbourne nurse who recently visited Nepal on an Interplast program to assist our local partners in Kathmandu with earthquake recovery efforts.

In today’s update, we hear the story of Laxmi Kayastha: “after being trapped for two days, she was pulled out by passers-by.”

22nd Jun 2015

A nurse’s notes from Nepal – Day Three

We’ve been bringing you stories from Jill Dickinson, a Melbourne nurse who recently visited Nepal on an Interplast program to assist our local partners in Kathmandu with earthquake recovery efforts.

In today’s update, we hear the story of BL Nagendra : “he was working in the fields and sustained a crushed leg when it was trapped under the rubble.”

21st Jun 2015

A nurse’s notes from Nepal – Day Two

An Interplast team have recently returned from Nepal where they spent eight days assisting our local partners in Kathmandu with earthquake recovery efforts. The team returned with many touching and humbling stories about what they witnessed. Team member, Melbourne nurse Jill Dickinson, shares her story of meeting Hen Krisha Strestha, a 42 year old rice farmer.

“When visited by his sons there were tears of joy because he had thought he may have had his leg amputated.”

 

18th Jun 2015

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In the wake of devastating natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, we often see the vulnerability of our neighbours in developing countries. The terrible truth is that they aren’t equipped with the infrastructure, skills or resources to cope in these situations.

Together we can change this story

Read about our team’s recent trip to Nepal. The remarkable stories they brought home are evidence of the resilience of the Nepalese people, who, after losing everything, continue to stay positive.

12th Jun 2015

Program update: Kiribati nurse training June 2015

Building the capacity of health professionals in the Asia/Pacific region is a big part of what we do at Interplast.

From 1 – 8 June, an Interplast nurse education team visited Kiribati. The team was at the Tungaru Central Hospital in Tarawa to provide a five day nurse training program focused on increasing the skills and expertise of the ward nurses.

11th Jun 2015

Program update: Interplast team home from Nepal

An Interplast team are home after eight days in Nepal to assist with earthquake recovery efforts.

From 25 May to 1 June, volunteer surgeons and nurses provided microsurgical mentoring to staff at Kirtipur Hospital in Kathmandu. Together with the local team, they treated patients with complex crush injuries to their legs, ankles and feet sustained from falling objects during the earthquake.

2nd Jun 2015

Lives changed in Laos, thanks to incredible generosity at Turia’s Interplast Gala

Turia’s Interplast Gala in Sydney was an unforgettable night, and the incredible generosity of people who attended has made it possible to deliver additional Interplast surgical and training programs in Laos and PNG this year.

The first of these activities has just taken place. We returned last week from Laos, where we accompanied a seven-person team from Mahosot Hospital on their outreach program to Phonsavan, providing people in remote areas with access to vital surgery.

Here are just two of the people whose lives were changed.