Latin America and the Caribbean
The burn surgery program implemented by Physicians for Peace exists to provide essential skills and training that contributes to greater access to quality healthcare in under-resourced areas of the world.

The need for improved burn care is significant, particularly when it comes to children: according to the World Health Organization, 95 percent of the world’s burn-related deaths occur in underserved areas. Within Central America and the Caribbean, 70 percent of burn victims are children.

Without proper care, burn victims suffer from painful contractures, as the skin tightens over their wounds and severely limits their ability to move freely. Trained professionals can help reduce victims’ devastating physical and emotional scars, helping them to return to productive, normal lives in the classroom, at work and with their families.

Because burns are lifetime injuries, requiring dedicated medical care for years after the initial injury, PFP International Medical Educators (IMEs) provide training and mentorship to an array of healthcare providers, including surgeons, nurses, therapists and psychologists, who care for patients with burn injuries at different stages of their recovery.

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