2017 Interplast Surgery Visit


Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) will visit the Mahosot General Hospital from Monday 6 to Thursday 16 February 2017 to provide plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training in the areas of burns management and treatment.

The Interplast medical team will conduct a free consultation clinic for patients who have congenital and acquired deformities including burn injuries at the Mahosot General Hospital on Monday 6 February 2017. Surgeries will be performed free of charge from Tuesday 7 February until Thursday 16 February 2017. The team will also be joined by Sarah Tolerton, scholarship recipient of the International Registrar Program, established in partnership with the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery.

Interplast’s long-term objectives are to improve the quality of life of people living with disability as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions who would otherwise not receive treatment. While our volunteers work they also train and mentor local professionals, laying the foundations for stronger health systems.

Interplast commenced programs in Laos in 1995 in cooperation with the Lao Ministry of Health, initially focusing on cleft lip and palate training. Since 1996, Interplast has undertaken more than 25 visits to Laos to train local staff in the techniques of cleft lip and palate repair, and conducted over 1300 surgeries. The training delivered has resulted in the establishment of a local Laos Cleft Team from Mahosot General Hospital, Vientiane. The Laos Cleft Team, with support from Interplast, conducts annual cleft lip and palate outreach activities in rural Laos. The annual Interplast visit to Vientiane now focuses on congenital and acquired deformities as well as the training and mentoring of local medical staff.

This program is proudly funded by Gary Stafford’s Spellbrook Foundation Fund, Phu Bia Mining and the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).