A global initiative to provide burn survivors access to reconstructive surgery and medical care, starting in India.
RealSelf + ReSurge
RealSelf partners with ReSurge International to help provide critical care to burn survivors and train local medical professionals in developing countries like India. In addition to the local work on the ground, medical teams and volunteers are also sent to rural locations in India where there is little access to this life-changing care. ReSurge is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing reconstructive surgical care and building surgical capacity in areas that need it most.
Currently, India possesses only seven surgical specialists per 100,000 people.
Beyond Scars Impact
The RealSelf Beyond Scars program addresses this need directly by sending these trained medical teams and volunteers to the areas of the country where burn survivors have no access to this critical care. Locations served include Camp Karma in Mumbai and the Helping Hands Center in Dehradun.
By the Numbers
Nearly 11 million people are severely burned each year and burns are a leading cause of premature death and disability.
96% of fatal burns occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Women and girls in India suffer burn disabilities and deaths at nearly twice the rate as women around the globe.
(Resurge International, 2018)
Beyond Scars: Camp Karma
Founded in 2013 by Dr. Vinita Puri, head of Plastic Surgery at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, Camp Karma is the subcontinent’s first and only burn camp in a country where there are over 1.5 million pediatric burn survivors.
Camp Karma focuses on transforming the lives of burn survivors by strengthening children’s ability to mentally, socially, and emotionally recover from their burn injuries and gain the tools they need to move past their scars.
Support Camp Karma
Support the kids of Camp Karma by sponsoring a camper or making an in-kind donation to help the camp purchase supplies for the kids like backpacks, toiletries, camp t-shirts, and shoes.
Beyond Scars: Dehradun
In March, RealSelf joined ReSurge for the first trip to India to volunteer and assist ReSurge in their mission to expand surgical access to remote communities. This pilot program led to the creation of Beyond Scars and RealSelf’s expanding commitment to the partnership.
Stories from RealSelf Employees and Volunteers
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Clinic Day in Dehradun: Afraid to Look, Afraid to Look Awayhttps://atwork.realself.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/EZvJQHP4M5AxFVpVfNf9G-4-49SYKm9m8aBKAGBvitQ-1024x644.jpeg 1024 644 Mari Malcolm Mari Malcolm https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/14514854b8b89b846e843f59c4bcc0a7?s=96&d=mm&r=g
About RealSelf Beyond Scars Partners
ReSurge International provides life-changing surgical care that is safe, timely and affordable in developing countries, and develops surgical capacity to ensure the availability of year-round care. Founded in 1969 with Stanford University roots, ReSurge advances its mission in two ways: through surgical care and the ReSurge Global Training Program (RGTP). ReSurge trains the next generation of reconstructive surgeons in Africa, Latin America and Asia, works with them to create a sustainable care model; and together, they provide high-quality reconstructive surgical care to people living in poverty and in remote areas.
Dr. Vinita Puri: ReSurge India Volunteer Medical Director
Treating those in need is a special passion for Dr. Vinita Puri. For over twenty years, she has volunteered for numerous surgical camps. Currently, Dr. Puri serves as the Medical Director for Camp Karma. She heads the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital Mumbai, one of the premier university hospitals in all of India. Additionally, Dr. Puri has authored numerous publications, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Burns, and is the incoming President of the Burn Association in India.
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