The Southern California Chapter of Healing the Children conducted its 9th Annual Orthopedic mission to Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2016. This ongoing partnership with the Nepal Orthopedic Hospital provides foot and ankle surgery for Nepalese children.
Stories from the Field
Dr. Mike Mallahan's 13 years working in Guatemala has helped over 3,000 children to hear, and has helped to train and develop audiology personnel and resources in Guatemala.
Healing the Children envisions a world where every child has access to the medical care they need, unhindered by economic, geographic, social, and political barriers. It is our mission to help children overcome those barriers. For some kids, treatment in the U.S. by our partner hospitals and volunteer medical professionals - with the loving care of local host families - is the best or only option.
In 2016, Healing the Children provided urgently needed medical care to 9,173 children in 24 countries, and delivered $15 million in medical services and supplies, with less than 2% non-program overhead costs.
Miss World America Clarissa Bowers is among the many Healing the Children volunteers who give selflessly of their time, skills, and energy to provide care and healing for kids who would otherwise lack access to the help they need.
Zulea suffers from an unknown dermatological scalp condition that caused irrevocable damage to her hair follicles and caused extensive open wounds that covered 70% of her scalp. Cancer was suspected but biopsies showed that was not the case. Extensive testing including genetic testing was performed. Her condition to this day remains undiagnosed, baffling over 20 specialists from across the United States who consulted on her case.
Fabiola and Christian’s overall quality of life was hindered due to a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. They couldn't participate in a lot of activities that normal teenagers do because their hearts just wouldn't allow it. That has all changed.
Ethiopia is the second largest nation in Africa by population with more than 96 million people -- half of them children. Realizing that a one-off medical mission would not make a dent, Healing the Children’s team decided to focus on improving quality and capacity in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Anesthesiology.