Surgical & Clinical Missions
“He who had health has hope. He who had hope, has everything”
To provide surgical and medical care in underserved communities throughout the world and to positively impact the lives of children and their families.
Why we do it
Numerous communities across the globe, and even right here in our hometown of Kansas City, do not have access to essential health care services. Due to lack of education, financial resources, and adequate medical services, these individuals suffer, often needlessly
How we do it
- Matching the capabilities and resources of Medical Missions Foundation with the specific needs of the communities served
- Providing access to specialized surgical care
- Delivering community health education
- Educating local health care providers to foster sustainability
- Establishing and maintaining partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances
Our missions are primarily staffed by local Kansas City volunteer doctors, nurses, and other medical and non-medical specialists. Individual missions trips average 80-100 surgical procedures, along with providing thousands of clinic visits, and training on basic health practices.
We have been to 14 different countries, but our current annual missions include:
By the numbers
- One billion people lack access to health care systems.
- 1.6 million people still die from pneumococcal diseases every year, making it the number one vaccine-preventable cause of death worldwide. More than half of the victims are children.
- Over 7.5 million children under age 5 die from malnutrition and preventable disease each year.
- A child born in Swaziland is nearly 30 times more likely to die before the age of five than a child born in Sweden.
- 95% of tuberculosis patients are in the developing world. In 2014, TB is a disease of poverty.
- Developing countries account for 99% of annual maternal deaths in the world.
- Life expectancy varies by 36 years between countries.
Through our surgical and clinical missions we immediately found the need for sustainable programs that provided year-round resources and education to the communities we serve.