Course participants practising suturing
This year our annual information evening will be held at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in September rather than the usual June / July. There is a team of volunteers going out to Uganda on 23rd June for 2 weeks. This will give them time to prepare their presentations to tell you all about it! Keep checking the website, or 'like' us on facebook to hear about the date, which we shall arrange soon.
Congratulations to Martin - both for his brilliant time in completing the London Marathon, and for raising so much money for Interface Uganda. His mum (Maggie) writes:
Interface is helping Mohamed Abdelrahman in his training in burns and plastics. He is currently in Taiwan - at Chang Gung memorial hospital. Interface has paid for his flights, some subsistence money, and some surgical loupes - essential equipment for a plastic surgeon. Mohamed is from Sudan, where there are presently no plastic surgeons. He is in Taiwan for 2 years to complete his training, then he will return to Sudan to work there.
Have a look at his report that he has just sent us - see the attachment.
What a brilliant evening of groovy dancing all organised by Sue Moger, who saw the Interface Uganda display information outside the plastics rehabilitation department whilst waiting for her son to have a splint made! Sue has been organising events for years to raise money for various charities, and really knows how to get a great crowd of people together.
Martin Pearson-Wiggs is doing the London Marathon, and is getting sponsorship for Interface Uganda. Martin is Maggie's son (Maggie is part of the IU team - she does a lot of fundraising and she has been to help in Uganda as she is a theatre nurse). He says:
The splinting material that Interface sent out to Uganda in May has been put to good use, as you can see from these photos. It has now been used up, so more is being taken out soon. From the photos we have received, it is mainly being used after hand injuries or surgery. In Uganda, it is often used after burns to prevent scar contractures. It can also be used to protect fractures, tendon repairs, ligament injuries, etc, etc.
Its been great experience so far, though I am still at the beginning. They gave me the first few days to accommodate and adapt myself, and for administrative procedures. Also, I had a chance to sit with the well known Prof Fu Chan Wei, who is responsible for International Fellowships, and Prof C H Lin, Chairman of Plastic& Reconstructive Surgery Department. They both welcomed me and discussed my training plan. I got the advice not to focus only on knowledge and skills but also the setting, which I will have to think of when I am back home.
Thank you to all at Primley United Reformed Church, who organised a Harvest Supper and Barn Dance on Sept 29th at Primley United Reformed Church, Primley Road, Sidmouth. WYSIWYG was the local folk band who played and also had a caller. They gave their time for free, as the event was to raise money for a charity. Wonderful!!!!
Interface Uganda has agreed to help Mohamed Abdelrahman, a general surgeon from Sudan, in his training to become a plastic surgeon. He worked with Andrew Hodges briefly - visiting and working for a short while at Corsu hospital. The training fellowship is for 2 years at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan - it is a renowned Plastic and Reconstructive Unit (Vikram Devaraj spent 3 months there when he was training in Plastics). Interface has funded his air fare and a bit of subsistence money for the first 6 months.
A huge thank you to Bill Merrington (and his wife in support), who walked the Wainwright coast to coast - a great distance - in August to raise money for Interface Uganda. Bill says: 'Andrew and Sarah were originally in my church when I was vicar at St Paul's Leamington Spa. The church raised funds for a village in the far west of Uganda and I went out to meet them in 1996 to see their work and do some research on bereavement issues.'
Have a read of Bill's report - sounds like he had an eventful time!