Dr Paul Gerarchi is honoured to be able to offer his expertise and time to the Facing The World charity, helping children in developing countries who are suffering from severe craniofacial defects.
Facing The World provide training to local surgical teams in developing countries, as well as providing multidisciplinary surgical treatments, and donating necessary medical equipment to help make the procedures possible.
Facing The World aims to establish a series of craniofacial centres in Vietnam over the next five years, as well as sponsoring training missions at existing hospitals, performing 18,000 life-changing operations, and training an additional 60 doctors.
Vietnamese children are up to 10 times more likely to suffer from severe facial defects than children born in neighbouring countries; this is thought to be genetic mutation caused by the dioxins in Agent Orange, which was used extensively in the country during the Vietnam War.
Dr Gerarchi is a regular core surgeon providing treatment to at-need children identified by Facing The World. He counts the surgeries he has performed as part of this worthy cause as some of the proudest transformations of his career.
To find out more about how Facing The World is changing the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, or to donate to this worthy cause, visit their website.