In many parts of the world, untreated bone fractures lead to permanent disability and hardship. The working poor are the most seriously affected. With more than 50% of the world’s population living on less than $5.50 per day, a disabled family member who cannot work may drag the entire family even further into poverty.
Most hospitals in developing countries are not equipped to deal with the rising epidemic of trauma injuries. They treat fractures with traction or plaster casts, which force the patient to be immobilized for three months. Even then, the outcome is unreliable, as the bone may heal improperly. Untreated bone fractures can easily lead to lifelong pain and disability.
Through our partnership with SIGN Fracture Care, we have provided orthopedic training, instrument sets, and an ongoing supply of implants to St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Uganda. Additionally, through our partnership with Project C.U.R.E., we have shipped a 40’ container of medical supplies and equipment for additional support and to increase capacity and improve outcomes.
Since our donation in 2021, the orthopedic surgeon has performed over 250 SIGN surgeries.
Pipeline Worldwide will now replicate this initiative at Moyo General Hospital through our partnership with SIGN Fracture Care and Rotary International.