Dr. Chris Lavy is an example of how one person can change the world.
Dr. Lavy has dedicated his life to utilizing his God-given talents to make the world a better place. As a result thousands of children across southern Africa today can walk, talk, play, and live normal lives. The newly-named Chris Lavy Surgical Centre will serve as a reminder to all who visit the CURE Children’s Hospital in Zimbabwe of the impact that one man — Dr. Lavy — has had on those living in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition to being a world-class orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Lavy is a trustee and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a founding council member of the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA), a respected international body that fosters postgraduate education in surgery and provides surgical training in East, Central and Southern Africa.
Great work is made possible by generous resources. In 1906, the Beit Trust was established by the will of financier and philanthropist Alfred Beit “for the benefit of the people in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.” For over 100 years, the Beit Trust has funded a variety of initiatives across southern Africa that include everything from building hospitals and bridges to supporting scholarships and wildlife conservation.
The Beit Trust has been a tremendous partner to CURE International. Their support opened the doors of the Beit-CURE International Hospital in Malawi in 2002, the Beit-CURE Children’s Hospital Zambia in 2006, and CURE Children’s Hospital of Zimbabwe in 2021. Dr. Lavy was personally involved in the process of opening each of these hospitals and served as Medical Director of CURE Malawi for many years.
“No man is an island and no great accomplishment is ever done alone,” said Dr. Lavy. “The tremendous service and sacrifice of many people, especially that of Dr. Collen Msasanure, Mrs. Veronica Ndlovhu, Neil Brown, and Richard Little, have made CURE Zimbabwe the blessing that it is today.”
Without Dr. Lavy and the Beit Trust, thousands of children in sub-Saharan Africa would still be suffering from treatable disabilities today. Their significant actions have allowed CURE International to succeed in its mission to bring hope and healing to children who need it most. It is with great gratitude that CURE International has proudly commemorated its surgical center with a permanent plaque to honor the lasting impact of Dr. Lavy and the Beit Trust.
Learn more about Beit Trust here.
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.