The Swisscross Foundation partners with the Face and Future Foundation, Canada, to provide reconstructive head and neck surgery to vulnerable people injured due to conflict – Iraq

As part of this partnership, Swisscross will partner with the Face and Future Foundation to provide life-changing reconstructive surgery for refugees and vulnerable populations with complex facial, head and neck injuries at the Center of Excellence. Swisscross for complex care in Erbil, Iraq.

Speaking about the partnership and the upcoming mission, Swisscross CEO Dr Ian Furst said: “We look forward to working closely with Face and Future Foundation to bring quality complex care to people who need it. Not needed anymore. Our belief is that partnerships between Swisscross and other like-minded humanitarians can be a powerful surgical force where the sum of our efforts is greater than each of us individually. To this end, we have set up a system, in collaboration with local health workers in Iraq, to ​​find, register and plan complex care for people affected by war before global experts arrive in Iraq. .

The Erbil Center, generously supported by UAE Aid, is the first humanitarian surgical program providing complex care to those injured due to war circumstances, while helping to rebuild local health communities in Erbil.

The collaboration between Swisscross and the Face and Future Foundation is based on their shared values ​​to treat and care for the most vulnerable people affected by traumatic and complex injuries, who otherwise could not seek or afford treatment.

Dr. Peter A. Adamson, President and Founder of Face the Future Foundation, said in a statement, “Face the Future’s teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other allied health professionals not only provide complex surgical procedures, but also educate local practitioners. to build capacity and improve the sustainability of global health care. “Face The Future is very pleased to partner with Swisscross, a recognized and respected healthcare provider for those who have suffered in war zones. Through our joint efforts, we seek to offer even more hope and a better life for the many refugees and displaced people in Iraqi Kurdistan suffering from post-war wounds.

Face The Future Foundation is a Canadian humanitarian organization that has supported surgical missions in developing countries since 1996. Current missions are active in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Nepal. He specializes in complex care for head and neck disease and trauma, always partnering with local healthcare providers to identify and address their specific needs”

In May 2022, the team will travel to Erbil for their first mission together. Dr. Rick Jaggi, expert facial surgeon, will lead a head and neck team, as mission director, with Dr. Peter A. Adamson and supported by Swisscross founder Dr. Enrique Steiger and Dr. Ian Furst . They will all be assisted by a local team of medical professionals in Iraq.

Over the past six months, the Erbil center has received more than 700 referrals for patient care, performed 87 complex reconstructive surgeries, and received 203 days of donated time from international and local surgeons and nurses. A third of all cases are burn injuries and more than half are young people who need surgery for injuries or birth defects.


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About the Swisscross Foundation

Swisscross Foundation is an NGO that provides complex reconstructive surgeries to refugees, displaced populations and vulnerable communities affected by armed conflict. We mobilize specialized medical teams, who volunteer for short missions in conflict zones, provide complex surgical care, train local health professionals and offer hope to the victims of wars. Currently, Swisscross leads missions within the International Center for Weapons, Trauma and Training in Tripoli, Lebanon, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

About the Face and Future Foundation

The Face the FutureTM Foundation was started in Canada in 1996 by Dr. Peter Adamson, OOnt, an internationally renowned head and neck surgeon, as a charitable organization.

The Foundation responds to the urgent medical needs of young people in developing countries who require life-changing reconstructive surgery to treat highly complex facial deformities caused by birth defects, trauma and cancerous tumors.

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Swisscross Foundation
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