‘We’re Here to Change Lives’

The Medical Team and Staff of Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital

Rotaplast International Mission Director Tells Partners

The Mission Director of Rotaplast International, Tom Fox, said the mission is in Liberia to change the lives of Liberian children, particularly those that suffer from cleft lips and palate.

Children afflicted by the disease will be undergoing “free surgical operations,” led by the Rotaplast medical team that comprises 19 medical and non-medical volunteers.

Mr. Fox told journalists at a news conference in Monrovia that the mission will basically perform surgery on cleft lips and cleft palates, burn scarring, and other deformities of children; and will last up to Friday, August 17, 2018.

The surgery mission, which started Tuesday, August 14, 2018, is being implemented in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Liberia, with support from the Liberia Medical and Dental Council and Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery.

The mission will consider children between the ages of three months and three years.

“This mission started 25 years ago, and we are being supported by the Rotary Club in the country of our operation,” Fox said.

Madam Karla Werninghaus, the team’s Medical Director, said that the mission plays a pivotal role in the growth of every society.

“We are here to conduct series of important operations. We are talking about operations that will benefit the people who cannot afford the cost of such surgeries,” Werninghaus said.

The immediate past President of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Madam Monique Cooper-Liverpool, described the mission as the biggest surgical mission since the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ended barely three years ago.

She said Rotary was proud to be part of the partnership that is aimed at helping ordinary Liberians.

Mrs. A. Nadu Cooper, past Assistant Governor of District 9101 and member of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, said since its formation, the Rotary Club has worked in addressing some social issues, including health.

Mrs. Cooper recalled that the Rotary Club has over the years worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in different project areas to eradicate diseases.

Peter L. Dawoh, Director of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, said the free medical surgery by the Rotaplast International is the second of such initiatives the mission has undertaken in the country in collaboration with the Rotary Clubs.

He recalled that in 2013, the mission conducted its first humanitarian work in Liberia on over 85 children and adults.

 Rotaplast International Incorporated is a humanitarian effort committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip or cleft palate, burn scarring, and other deformities.

Rotaplast was founded in 1992 by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and the then Rotary Club President Peter Lagarias, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco, to facilitate a surgical program in La Serena, Chile, to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomalies, who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention. This initial historic mission took place in January of 1993.


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