Humanitarian Programs


Department of CranioMaxilloFacial and Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery at Viet Duc University hospital of Hanoi, Vietnam
Contact: Dr. Nguyen Hong Ha
Location and dates: Vietnam, all year
Specific surgical need: Craniofacial Maxillofacial, Maxillofacial Trauma, Vascular Malformations, Hand, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Number of surgeons needed: 2 – 10

Programa Nuevo Amanecer de GUANAJUATO (New Sun Rising program of GUANAJUATO), Mexico
Contact: Dr. Abel De la Peña
Location and dates: Guanajuato, Mexico; May 2-5, 2019, November 2019
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 5 board-certified plastic surgeons and 8 plastic surgery residents

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Contact: Suhail Flaifl
Location and dates: Palestine, open dates
Specific surgical need: none specified
Number of surgeons needed: as many as possible

AICPE Onlus, Italy
Contact: Marco Stabile, MD
Location and dates: Togo, Paraguay, Guatemala, Benin; please email for dates
Specific surgical need: malformation repair, flaps, skin grafts, and wound debridement
Number of surgeons needed: 2+ board-certified surgeons

Smile Network International (
Contact: Maureen Cahill, Executive Director.
Locations and dates: Haiti, Guatemala, India; 8-10 missions per year
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 2 surgeons/mission, up to 16 surgeons/year
Interested surgeons should apply at:

Mision Caritas Felices, Peru
Contact: Lissel Kruger
Locations and dates: Lima, Perú; 5 missions per year, please contact for specific dates.
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: they usually work with only local surgeons, but visitors are welcome.

Operation Smile, International
Contact: Sarah Yatsko
Locations and dates:
Specific surgical needs: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 1 plastic surgeon per mission
Apply online at:

CHEIRA (Switzerland) – Humanitarian plastic surgery mainly in children in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Sierra Leone)
Contact: Dr. Jan G. Poëll, Schonbuel 8, CH 9402 Morschwil, Switzerland,
Location and dates: We are planning two missions this year in Burkina Faso in autumn, one in Ouahigouya and one in Léo and one in May in Mali, Bamako. Next year two missions in Ouahigouya (Persis), the first in January (hand surgery) and one in November plastic surgery and pediatric surgery, mainly hernias, are planned and two, spring and autumn in Léo, reconstructive plastic surgery.
Specific surgical need: cleft lip, tumors, burns, especially hands.
Number of surgeons needed: one surgeon or resident


Surgical Relief Teams © (SRT) was an initiative established to Train, Equip, Connect and Deploy highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons for short-term disaster relief medical missions. As a global platform for surgical care, SRT was established to place teams on the ground within the first week of a mass casualty incident.

From October 2013 through January 2017, this program deployed the following relief teams:

  • Missions to Amman, Jordan helped local surgeons treat injured Syrian refugees:
    • 18 trips, 263 surgeries, 450 patient evaluations.
  • Total International Disaster Relief Missions to Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon:
    • 25 trips, 438 surgeries, 907 patient evaluations

We applaud all those members who actively participated in this vital program and are working to update and revitalize our humanitarian mission efforts.

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