Facing Africa Charitable Donation

Facing Africa

Synergy Health is pleased to have made a donation of surgical swabs to Facing Africa.  

Facing Africa is a UK-based charity founded by Chris Lawrence in 1998, the charity organises surgical missions to Ethiopia to rebuild the faces of Noma victims. 

Noma (cancrum oris) is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face.  The victims of Noma are typically children under the age of 6 living in extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition.  Noma is destructive and devastating infection which if not caught early, leaves the victims with severe facial deformities causing pain and discomfort and social exclusion from their community.

The missions organised by Facing Africa involve a team of highly skilled and experienced volunteer surgeons from te UK and Europe visiting Ethiopia to perform complex facial reconstructive surgery on Noma patients and other patients with facial tumours or trauma.

Chris Lawrence, Chairman for Facing Africa said: ‘the donation of surgical swabs will make an important contribution to our January 2014 mission.  Facing Africa relies on contributions, support and volunteers from the surgical community to undertake these vital missions. We hope to perform around 35 – 45 facial reconstructions during our 2 week mission in Ethiopia, dramatically improving the quality of life for the victims of this disease.’

Mike Langhorn, Managing Director for the Surgical Business Unit also commented: ‘we are delighted to be able to offer a donation of surgical swabs to Facing Africa.  Our surgical swabs have been used by the NHS for over 40 years and we are dedicated to delivering patient safety with high-quality products.  We hope that this donation of surgical swabs will contribute in some small way to improving the lives of patients affected by Noma.’

Visit Facing Africa’s website for further information and to get involved www.facingafrica.org



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