CURE Zambia’s Dr. Kachinga featured on CNN

We are only partly kidding when we say that Dr. Kachinga Sichizya, neurosurgeon at CURE Zambia, just might be the most interesting man in the world. The CNN features below explain why we’re so proud to call Dr. Kachinga one of our own.

You can view the features by visiting these links to Parts I, II, and III.


Wondering about hydrocephalus, the condition Dr. Kachinga talks about in these interviews? Did you know that CURE has a specialty program dedicated to hydrocephalus and has been part of groundbreaking research and treatment? Learn more by visiting cure.org/hydrocephalus

Take us out to the ball game

This past year, our pediatric surgical hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (more affectionately referred to as CURE Dominicana) celebrated its first decade of healing kids and telling them and their families about Jesus. Since 2003, the hospital has served both Dominican and Haitian families, seeing more than 65,000 outpatient visits and performing more than 11,000 surgical procedures. Over that time, the hospital has developed a reputation of medical excellence, with U.S. Board Certified surgeons serving in both full-time and volunteer capacities.

In addition to the traditional pediatric orthopedic cases that have transformed the bodies of children from around the country, CURE Dominicana has been blessed with the opportunity to have an impact in one of the Dominican Republic’s major industries: baseball. Young Dominican children can be seen in every neighborhood playing ball with sticks for bats along with homemade balls and gloves. They dream of someday playing in the “Grandes Ligas,” the Major Leagues.

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The Dominican Republic provides the greatest number of players to Major League Baseball (MLB) outside of the United States. With more and more MLB teams supporting their Latin American player development programs through baseball academies based in the Santo Domingo region, CURE Dominicana is able to meet the medical and spiritual needs of a large number of teenagers between the ages of 16-20 who are seeking highly coveted sports careers.

Each MLB team has a Dominican Summer League Academy in the DR that provides athletic training and medical care, as well as English and computer classes. Approximately 30% of players in the major leagues began their careers at one of the Dominican summer academies. As with any professional sport, there are frequent disappointments and challenges along the way, and the overwhelming majority of players who pass through an academy will return home without an MLB contract. Every year, roughly 80-100 teens pass through the 30 academies. For these reasons, CURE Dominicana is perfectly positioned to counsel to these young ball players.

The revenue generated is immediately transferred back into the hospital’s accounts to increase the number of children with disabilities they can serve each year. This combination of physical care and counsel for our baseball clientele, our kids, and the families of all involved is a true “grand slam” of impact.

Did you know that CURE also has a relationship with Kershaw’s Challenge, Clayton Kershaw’s non-profit organization? This year, Kershaw’s Challenge is aiming to heal 100 kids in Zambia, and you can help them reach that goal! Visit kershawschallenge.com/cure-zambia for more information on how you can join with Kershaw’s Challenge to bring life-changing care to our kids in Zambia.

The Week in Photos: Celebrating 2007, Ethiopian Style

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

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This is Birhane, one of the many wonderful house cleaners here at CURE. Without people like her, our hospital wouldn’t stay clean, and people like me would spend the holidays alone! Every holiday since I’ve moved here, Birhane has invited me over to her home for a traditional meal and the infamous Ethiopian coffee ceremony. This week was Ethiopia’s New Year, known in Amharic as “Addis Amet.” Ethiopia has its own calendar, so it is now 2007! Melkem Addis Amet! (Happy New Year!)

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New photos from the Tebow CURE Hospital!

Ready for some mid-week encouragement? Check out these new photos from the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines. It’s so exciting to see progress taking place as we move closer and closer to being ready to open! Here’s a quick hospital tour:

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A plaque containing the hospital’s mission and vision was recently installed in the lobby

Reception area

Reception area

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Hydrocephalus hasn’t stopped Michelle Martin

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Volunteer and CURE supporter Michelle Martin is finishing up a 7-week trip to CURE Uganda. Michelle was diagnosed with hydrocephalus during infancy, so her story is particularly unique and inspiring at CURE Uganda, where we treat many babies with hydrocephalus.

This is Michelle’s second visit to CURE Uganda and we don’t think it will be her last. We are thankful for dedicated volunteers and supporters; they are a special part of CURE’s gospel-centered mission. I took some time to interview Michelle about her experience.

1. Can you describe the treatment you received for hydrocephalus?

I was 8 months old when the doctors discovered I had hydrocephalus. They inserted a shunt into my head and I was told that it would need to be replaced every two years. By the grace of God, I haven’t needed any additional surgeries; my shunt turned 27 years old this past May.

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What does it look like when a teenage boy takes his first steps?

What does it look like when a teenage boy takes his first steps? You are about to find out.

Milton was amongst our first 1500 patients admitted to CURE Kenya. His stints in hospital began when he was hardly one month old. At the time, the doctors listed his condition as “multiple deformities,” which ranged from abnormalities in his hips to a missing tibia bone. Many surgeries have been done thus far to make his life as normal as possible, and his most recent surgery was a significant step in that direction. Literally.

Watch Milton take his first steps by clicking here.

There are more kids like Milton who need your help to take their first disability-free steps. Will you be a hero to one of them today?


CURE In the News: Week of August 31st, 2014

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The cure cometh” from Edge Davao

The Week in Photos: TV dinners and birthday parties

A collection of photos from CURE locations around the world.

CURE Ethiopia | Photos by Bryan Fay

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Dr. Tim in the midst of Kalkidan’s surgery for a trigger finger.

Abdulfeta came back for his last follow-up this year! He'll be back again in 12 months. He's really looking forward to playing soccer with his friends after he heals up all the way!

Abdulfeta came back for his last follow-up this year! He’ll be back again in 12 months. He’s really looking forward to playing soccer with his friends after he heals up all the way!

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Finding healing for Fadel: The story of a refugee family

In the UAE, Ramadan is a time for giving, and this year Oasis Hospital (CURE UAE) did their giving in style.

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Trey Hulsey was driving through Al Ain when he first saw Fadel, who was playing in a group by the side of the road. “I was actually quite angry,” he admits, “no child should have to suffer with a cleft palate anymore, and this is a developed country!” Hulsey stopped the car and asked for the child’s father. “I wanted to ask him why he wasn’t looking after his son properly,” he says, “but then I heard this family’s story and became determined to help.”

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Mead Minutes: If humans were like Sneetches

Happy Labor Day! This is the traditional end of summer for many in the northern United States. People gather at the parks and beaches to enjoy a final taste of summer. Although earlier the weather guessers predicted rain all weekend we enjoyed a couple of beautiful, sunny days. Lake Michigan was warm. We enjoyed time with family and friends. This summer was cool and wet; the sun was a welcome change.

Once again I am back in the United States. I had a busy time at CURE Dominican Republic. A tropical depression created a string of warm, rainy days but I was there to see kids and help out so it did not really matter what the weather was like.

I’ve learned that kids are similar the world over. All love the Dum Dums lollipops I carry. All have fears and giggles. All worry I will give them a shot. All have great smiles and laughs. You wonder when we lose this innocence and start to grow our attitudes.

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