Mission: India

Mission Facts

  • Location: Salem, India

  • Population: 696,760

  • Dates: 02/20/2016 - 02/28/2016

  • Surgeons: Dr. Stuart Hosie

  • Focus: General, ENT

  • Complexity: Medium

  • Training: Medium

  • Average Mended: 30

Mission Brief

Where in the World
India is a country located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Agriculture is not only the dominant occupations of the people of India but is also one of the most important economic sectors for the country. Approximately 28.09% of the population are children between the ages of 0-14 years.

Healthcare in India
Twenty-eight percent of the population in India is made up of children. India spends only around 4.2% of its national GDP towards healthcare goods and services. Additionally, there are wide gaps between the rural and urban populations in its healthcare system which worsen the problem. A staggering 70% of the population still lives in rural areas and has no or limited access to hospitals and clinics. Consequently, the rural population mostly relies on alternative medicine and government programs in rural health clinics. One such government program is the National Urban Health Mission which pays individuals for healthcare premiums, in partnership with various local private partners, which have proven ineffective to date. According to the World Bank and National Commissionís report on Macroeconomics, only 5% of the population is covered by health insurance policies.

The Mission
Mending Kids is hosting its inaugural mission to Salem, India, where the team will be performing free, life-changing and life-saving surgeries for children who otherwise have no access to the care that they need. Dr. Stuart Hosie, Chief Physician of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Schwabing Hospital in Germany, will be leading his surgical team in specialties of orthopedics, ENT, and general surgery. This mission is generously sponsored by Real Life Church in Santa Clarita, CA.

Interested Volunteers
The surgical and non-surgical teams for this mission are currently full and no longer accepting new participants.

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