Our CUREkids Coordinators are CURE’s eyes and ears on the ground in our hospitals. They not only file photos and updates on each CUREkid but also act as Correspondents, giving us a glimpse of life at the CURE hospital and in the country and culture in which the hospital serves. The following is part of the Correspondent series, filed by Mark Barrett in Malawi.
Similar to the mission of CURE, Operation of Hope provides life-changing surgical care, healthcare, and medical training programs in under-served areas of the world through international collaboration among medical & non-medical volunteers. A team of seven Operation of Hope volunteers embarked on a 10-day mission trip to Malawi and Beit CURE International Hospital in mid-August. The team, made up of nurses, surgeons, and admin support, journeyed from the U.S. on their own dime to perform 15+ operations, with the majority being cleft lip repair. The patients ranged in age from 6 months to 37 years, all receiving proper treatment for the very first time. Working alongside CURE staff, the group bonded quickly and the integration was flawless.