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Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility... nation to nation and human to human... .

—Dalai Lama

Because insurance companies are virtually non-existent in low and middle income countries (LMICs) and local and national governments spend minimally on surgical care, patients have to pay in advance for procedures. Such surgical expenses — including implants, such as screws, plates, and joint replacements — come out of their own pockets.

With your donation, orthopaedic surgeons — some already living and working in the developing world and some who work as volunteers — will be able to provide surgical care to their indigent patients, enabling these patients to support their families and contribute to their communities. And by helping us provide a continuous supply of orthopaedic implants to approved recipient sites, you will also be instrumental in helping young doctors and nurses enhance their skills and provide better health care to patients for years to come.

How much does your help matter? Consider these statistics:

Costs in Davao City, Philippines (prices in $US)

  • Per capita income: $3,430
  • Hip replacement surgery: $3,125
  • Knee replacement surgery: $3,125
  • Surgery for a cervical (neck) fracture: $2,250
  • Spinal reconstruction surgery for tuberculosis of the spine: $3,750

Prices in Blantyre, Malawi (prices in $US)

  • Per capita income: $690
  • Hip replacement surgery: $1,400
  • Knee replacement surgery: $700

Your help can make it possible for generations of people to live longer and better lives.

With donated equipment, why does your donation matter? While our generous corporate partners donate their surplus devices, Orthopaedic Link must still manage the logistics of determining what surgical site needs particular implants, and arrange for the shipping and customs to get the material where it can be used. A donation of even $100US can help pay for those costs, providing surgeons in developing countries the tools they need to improve their patients' lives.

Consider the fact that one of Dr Gilbert Cauilan's patients — a 16-year-old girl with tuberculosis of the spine who has a draining ulcer on her back — requires $4,000 worth of donations (including freight, customs clearance and logistics for medical equipment). This young woman is the valedictorian of her class, and with this surgery she could become the first in her family to go to college. Your donation can improve not just her life, but also the lives of her family and community.

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