Course participants practising suturing
Interface Uganda is a registered UK charity established in 2001, which aims to provide essential reconstructive surgery and to equip and train local specialists in Uganda and the surrounding areas.
In Uganda there are many thousands of children and adults suffering from severe disabilities and disfigurement whose lives could be transformed with reconstructive surgery. The common conditions requiring reconstructive surgery are severe burns and cleft lips and palates. Even if the treatment is available, the cost of transport and hospital fees are prohibitive for many patients.
Patients with burns, cancers, cleft lips and accidents are often left untreated, which is not only disfiguring but can leave people destitute because severe scarring leaves them unable to work. Others are cut off from their communities. In many districts there are no surgeons with the skills to perform essential reconstructive surgery. We rely on your generous support and help for that work to continue.
How Interface Uganda is helping:
The founders - Andrew and Sarah Hodges - worked as general surgeon and anaesthetist in the West of Uganda from 1992-1998. They worked in a Church of Uganda hospital for the Church Missionary Society (CMS). Patients needing plastic surgery were often left untreated as there was no national reconstructive service. Therefore they started to treat these patients in Kagando hospital. Once a few were treated they became aware of the huge need nationwide for reconstructive surgery. Andrew was taught by visiting plastic surgeon Tim Goodacre before returning to England to undertake a 6 year training programme in plastic surgery. On leaving Uganda many hospitals requested further assistance and so the charity was born in 2001. Since it started Interface Uganda has funded visits each year from specialists as well as supporting Ugandan staff and funding patients' treatment, transport, surgical and rehabilitation costs.