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Funds for life-saving emergency surgeries

Manambaro, Madagascar

The South of Madagascar is trapped in desperate poverty. Hospitals are overburdened, badly equipped and hard to reach. ‘Doctors for Madagascar’ funds life-saving surgeries for those who otherwise could not pay for their treatment.

N. Muller from Ärzte für Madagaskar e.V.
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The South of Madagascar is in a state of medical emergency.

Corruption, population growth and soil degradation restrain millions in abject poverty. Patients in critical condition often reach one of the few hospitals in the region far too late. Some have spent days travelling on an oxcart. Often only hours decide between life and death.

The charity ‘Doctors for Madagascar’ helps by sending medical aid missions with physicians from Germany twice a year and works together with Malagasy doctors for the long-term improvement of healthcare in the country.

Public healthcare in Southern Madagascar is extremely limited. Every hospital treatment has to be paid for in advance by the patient's family. For some, even life-saving surgeries and drugs are unaffordable. In the worst case, this spells a death sentence at the gate of the hospital.

To change this situation, ‘Doctors for Madagascar’ is setting up a fund for our partner hospital in Manambaro and Ejeda. The sole purpose of this fund is to pay for life-saving surgeries performed by Malagasy surgeons.

Location: surgical hospital SALFA Manambaro (Anosy region), ZOARA Fotadrevo (Atsimo-Andrefana region) and SALFA Ejeda (Atsimo-Andrefana region), South Madagascar. The decision to use the fund to pay for some or all of the costs of an operation is made by the local medical staff and social workers.

Beneficiaries are:
- older people with no family
- orphans without any support
- men and women facing social stigmas because of birth defects or illnesses
- patients without land or livestock that could be sold
- emergency cases

Frequent life-saving operations are: C-sections, surgeries after ectopic pregnancies, emergency surgeries on victims of accidents or violence and emergency surgeries after intestinal obstruction or perforation due to typhoid.

The average costs for such a life-saving surgery are 120 Euro.

To help those in the greatest need, the fund will require around 6.000 Euro per hospital per year. This amount can save the lives of up to 50 people.

We would like to ask you to support us in helping the most destitute.

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