Supported Projects

2021 Alzheimer Marathon Walk

Martijn Koning is involved in Alzheimer’s disease as his mother is unfortunately concerned.
Martijn achieved an incredible feat to raise money for Alzheimer research : Leaving on September 21st, World Alzheimer Day, he hiked a marathon every day for 50 days in a row ! He walked 2.000 kilometers from the south of France (where he lives) to his mother in the Netherlands, arriving for her 91st birthday on November 9th.

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2021 Association YANIS, Alger, Algeria

YANIS is a non-profit association, which helps sick children in African countries, by purchasing drugs and medical equipment or by coveraging surgical interventions not performed in these countries.

SurgeonFish supports the purchase of pediatric chemotherapy for children with cancer in Algeria, this product has been in short supply in this country for over a year.

2021 COmmunity RElief and Devlopment Action, Tiko, Cameroon

COREDA envisage a society in which everyone will have equal opportunities to thrive and live a fulfilled life.
Theyr mission is to empower and sustainably improve the living conditions of children, women and vulnerable youths in West of Cameroon.

2021 Niños de Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala Niños de Guatemala offers high-quality education to children from impoverished families in Guatemala and hence enables them to break the cycle of poverty. Since its establishment in 2006, NDG has built two primary schools and a secondary school.

2021 Chaîne de l’Espoir, Rwanda

The Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgique program in Rwanda aims at improving pediatrics cardiac health care in both diagnostic and therapeutical stages.

The program ensures gender equality health care access and adequate data recording for beneficiaries and trainees with access to the scheme.

2021 Sages-Femmes Sans Frontières (SFSF), Benin

The main objective of the project is to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the rural village of Ahoundomé (South Benin). We support 2 specific objectives:
– Bring the population back to healthcare within 6 months.
– Strengthen sexual and reproductive health within the community within 1 year
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2021 AMKA ODV, Congo

The present project aims to improve the quality and the accessibility of the services offered by the Kanyaka Health Center, through the rehabilitation of the structure and the strengthening of the equipment. These actions will contribute to improve health conditions of women and children living in the rural communities of the Mabaya area.

2020 St. Kliniek en Wetenschap Orthopedie, Ghana and Suriname

Radjen Banwarie left Suriname 4 years ago to become an orthopedic. He finished his study in Maastricht – The Netherlands as is still working in Suriname – St. John hospital. Click this link to read this interview.

2020 Ninos de Guatemala, Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala currently operates 3 schools outside Antigua Guatemala helping over 500 children from low-income families a year. Our partnerships help provide innovative education and support to the families

2020 & 2019 World Child Cancer the Netherlands, Malawi

Malawi was the first program that World Child Cancer started supporting in 2009. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre is an important hospital to treat cancer for children. They diagnose 30% of 1.000 children with cancer. The hospital offers free care.

The Surgeonfish supported this hospital to continue the treat of cancer. We partnered with the paediatric oncology unit, which was led by Prof Elizabeth Molyneux for a number of years and is now led by Dr George Chagaluka.

2020 Rape Hurts Foundation, Uganda

RHF is committed to making an effective contribution to righting social injustice in Uganda, which they see as arising from poverty, gender and other forms of inequality, poor governance, and the denial of rights.

2019 & 2020 Hand in Hand tegen kinderreuma Belgium

Because Hand in Hand, together, we are stronger in the fight against more than 200 rheumatic diseases! Chronic diseases, the success of which strongly depends on early diagnosis and appropriate support.
Since 1999, the Fund for Scientific Rheumatism Research has been collecting funds which it then redistributes to finance research projects that give hope to tens of thousands of patients.

2019 Roparun Rivas Groep, The Netherlands

The money that is collected during the Roparun event is awarded by the board of the Roparun Foundation to institutions, charities or projects that contribute to Roparun’s mission: ‚Adding life to the days, where often no more days can be added to life

2019 Vrienden van Meander Benefiet, The Netherlands

The Friends of Meander Medical Center Foundation is committed to important projects that benefit patients and visitors. The projects are organized around Oncology, the Hospital of Tomorrow, the Care for the elderly and a pleasant stay. Every month a barometer indicates the current status of the donations received

2019 Sourire Ensemble, France

The Association Sourire Ensemble has as vocation to bring moments of happiness to children and adolescents affected by the disease. These children can thus escape from the hospital world with which they regularly come into contact, take charge of their present and project themselves into the future. They fight against disease every day, let’s all work together for them!

2019 Kinderfonds Franniez, The Netherlands

Kinderfonds Franniez realizes, maintains and distributes a fun and useful collection system for all chronically ill children from 0 to 18 years in the Netherlands. Franniez show them how tough and sturdy they are and are there after every intervention. They help the child to give a place to everything that happens around his or her illness. That gives comfort and courage. Franniez also provide support in the processing and form a starting point for a conversation in which a sick child can share his experiences.

2019 Benefiet Haïti Port-au-Prince.

This additional project is aimed at providing care to the smallest children. We can finance the care of the children through the sponsors mentorships, but for the start-up we need extra resources. More info about Benefiet Haiti here.

2019 Rape Hurts Foundation, Uganda

RHF is committed to making an effective contribution to righting social injustice in Uganda, which we see as arising from poverty, gender and other forms of inequality, poor governance, and the denial of rights.

2018 St. Francis Health Care Services (SFHCS), Central Uganda

SFHCS is an HIV/AIDS clinic and service organization in central Uganda, which serves clients of all ages in its efforts to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS for both the infected and affected population. We have a Vision of “A world free of HIV” while our mission is “To prevent the further spread of HIV and mitigate personal, community impact of AIDS through provision of quality medical care, counseling and education to the infected and the affected and lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized” with a Our Philosophy of “Living with Hope and Dignity” Our Major Goal is “Build and strengthen the capacity of the community in HIV prevention and AIDS care so as to reduce the spread and reduce psycho-social effects brought by HIV/AIDS.

2018 Poverty Eradication Mission Uganda (PEMU)

Girls Education project therefore shall make the girls to go to school i.e. increase the enrolment, and retention rates (stay/ remain in schools), reduce unwanted pregnancy and early marriages, reduce stigma and discrimination, increase completion rates (complete the Primary cycle) and transition rates to post primary education. Personal hygiene will be greatly improved. PEMU intends to train trainers who will be in charge of training more trainers and hence passing on the knowledge and skills, this will ensure that sustainability of the project and in so doing more young girls benefiting healthwise. By training the girls in making health reusable sanitary pads/napkins it will result in avoiding infections, staying in school even during menstrual period days.

2018 Golden Care organization

This project is a health and care focused project located in Kamuli district Eastern Uganda but serving the particular needs of health & care in Mbulamuti Village.
Mbulamuti Health Center is the only local health facility in this village and serves 17 other villages, so the health center is small it has survived the test of time however the health center is ill equipped and they can’t serve the sick Children within the Villages. By equipping and empowering this Health center, it will be able to serve the sick children, where a cost sharing arrangement can be arranged and hence making the project self-sustaining. Repairing of our motorized Medical ambulance for transportation of the sick children. This project will also provide medical supplies for the health center and making sure that we can provide some basic medical tools and equipment’s for the betterment of the Children.

2018 Orthopedic Oversea, received from TSC Netherlands

The Working group aims for orthopaedic assistance and training in developing countries as Burkina Faso & Kumi Uganda. We donated money for travel expenses, medication & prosthesis for 1 mission in December.

See http://orthopedie-overzee.nl/

2018 Rape Hurts Foundation (rapehurts.org)

Rape Hurts Foundation (RHF) in Busoga Eastern Uganda responds to over 2,000 cases of extreme sexual and gender based violence every year. In 65% of those cases, the victims and survivors require urgent medical attention. It’s unfortunate that the Public Medical & Health sector is in a sorry state. So we’re reliant onto the available private health centers and hospitals in the city. Goals of the foundation are:

Empower women to eliminate any practices inhibiting their social and economic development.

Empower communities to access and utilize quality health services.

Ensure justice and free from violence to all women

Support inclusive education for vulnerable and marginalized children especially the girl child.

Enhance community capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate for sustainable development.

Strengthen organizational systems to enhance effective operation and management of its processes, structures and procedures.

2018 Coreda, Community Relief and Development Action

Community organization in Cameroon, Primary School hygiene and sanitation project. Our mission is empowering and sustainably improving the living conditions of children, women, vulnerable youths and disadvantaged rural and indigenous forest communities in the South West Region of Cameroon. Target Groups/Communities: Children – Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), women (more specifically single mothers & widows), disadvantaged youths, and indigenous forest and rural communities. Our inclusive and participatory approach to development drives our initiatives.

2018 URICT – Uganda, Safe Motherhood & Maternal Health for Villages in Kamuli District Busoga Eastern Uganda

URICT – Uganda, focuses on knowledge transfer, so example the Community Midwives and the traditional birth attendants plus the trainers of trainees, will pass on the skills and knowledge such that even after the project the impact is felt and more expecting mothers and babies are saved from death.

2018 Gazelle Harambee Association Benin received from Adhesia

Support a drill of a well (55 m deep minimum) in Ayidjedo, small village in Benin, where the people have no drinkable water. Water will be distributed principally to the school (120 pupils), its garden in a second time, as well as the inhabitants (1200 peoples) which will buy it at a modest price (the profit will serve to maintain the system).

2018 Stichting Kliniek en Wetenschap Orthopedie, Maastricht,  received from TSC Netherlands

Stichting Kliniek en Wetenschap Orthopedie, Maastricht,  https://orthopedie.mumc.nl/blog, Orthopedic training and care, scientific development. Area Ghana, Brong Ahafo region and Suriname Nickerie The aim of the department of orthopedic surgery Maastricht is to train surgeons who are able to treat orthopedic patients in developing countries. They are skilled and able to develop the orthopedic care by doing scientific research. The program is now developing a regional hospital in Ghana where there is minimal orthopedic care for a population of over 2 million people. The second area is the north western region of Suriname.

2017 Orthopedic Oversea, received from TSC Netherlands

The Working group aims for orthopedic assistance and training in developing countries as Burkina Faso & Kumi Uganda.

We donated money for travel expenses, medication & prosthesis for 2 missions in February & October.

See http://orthopedie-overzee.nl/

2017 Association Gazelle Harambee, received from Adhesia

To contribute in Africa to help the most vulnerable people, to share and promote their sustainable developing projects while respecting people, their culture and the environment.

To set up solidarity, concrete, sustainable development’s projects, rapidly autonomous in responding to requests coming from local communities.

Projects in Kenya and Benin

2017 Community Action Nepal (CAN), received from Sensium

Helping the mountain people of Nepal help themselves.

CAN is a mountaineers’ charity to help mountain people to help themselves raise their standard of living and strengthen indigenous, community-based culture

Deploying 2 nurses and a helper to improve local health outcomes in Chumling (Nepal) by delivering essential health care. This will include child and maternal health, minor surgery, dental care and control of communicable diseases, vaccination take-up, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation and family planning. more info : https://www.canepal.org.uk/

2017 Ghana and Suriname, received from TSC Netherlands

The aim of the department of orthopedic surgery Maastricht is to train surgeons who can treat orthopedic patients in developing countries. They are skilled and able to develop the orthopedic care by doing scientific research. The program is now developing a regional hospital in Ghana where there is minimal orthopedic care for a population of over 2 million people. The second area is the north-western region of Suriname. More info here.

The scientic research topics are: the treatment of orthopedic infections and the cause and treatment of M Blount (bowlegs) in children. The program consists of visits to the local hospitals by experienced surgeons for on the job training and lectures in groups. Further training of surgeons and residents from Ghana and Suriname in Maastricht with visits to international orthopedic conferences and courses. By training orthopedic surgeons, we develop a long-lasting improvement of care for many orthopedic patients in these deprived areas.

Annually a team of 2 orthopedic surgeons and a resident visit the hospitals. This year’s team to Ghana leaves 5th of March 2017 and the team from Paramaribo has just returned from their visit in February 2017. A resident from Suriname is now a trainee in Maastricht. Several master students conduct scientific activities throughout the year.

2017 Stichting Vrienden van Rwanda, received from The 37Company

The Foundation Friends of Rwanda has been involved since 1988 in the education of young Rwandans in Kirinda, a rural community in Rwanda. Rwanda is a small country in the middle of Africa. The country suffered of the genocide in 1994 and is now building up and growing economically fast. However, in rural areas, development is still slow, especially with education. The foundation works closely in Rwanda with OPEDC, an informal unregistered association. The board is formed by former students supported by the foundation. They select the students and control some of the projects in Rwanda.

2017 PAZ Holandesa, received from TSC Netherlands

Purpose is to operate Peruvian children born with a skis in our children’s hospital in Arequipa. In 2017, PAZ-Holandesa will care about the following activities:

Organization of five operation projects:

January – Plastic Surgery – Dr.Francisco Parri, Plastic Surgeon, Fundacion FES, Barcelona – In this project 39 children were successfully operated.

April – Plastic Surgery – Dr.Lloyd Gayle, Plastic Surgeon, Healing the Children, NY

June – Plastic Surgery – Team of Dr. Twicher Reinier, Plastic Surgeon

September – urology – Dr.Herman Bakker, child psychologist and Dr.Liem Lie, urologist

November – Plastic Surgery – Dr.Reinier van Twisk, Plastic Surgeon

In each operation project, 50-70 operations are performed in 35 to 50 children. Also, surgery techniques are trained to local medical staff.

2017 Siberia, received from TSC Deutschland

Dr. P. Jakowlew, a doctor at Vilsbiburg, Germany supports the Klinika Pretor, a hospital of general providing in Siberia, Novosibirsk. The hospital does surgery of ear, nose and throat at children between 2 and 7 years. The children of the orphanage in Novosibirsk are treated for free. There is no patient warming system in the clinic, because there is barely enough money for the essential things. Especially in winter, when there are -40C the children get very cold during the surgery.

2017 Gobabis, received from TSC Netherlands

We supported for several times a project at health- & emergency-care learning program in Namibia. Gobabis Two employees from the Kylstra ambulance group are working in Gobabis, Nambia to improve the local medical care. They have equipped the village with an ambulance and trained the firemen that operate it.

HELP focuses on promoting (acute) health care in Namibia. Without distinction between gender, color, race, religion, sexual orientation or political conviction. Essentially, this is knowledge transfer!

In the meantime, the project has become a successful paramedic training program. On this website, you will find all the information about the origin and progress of the various projects we have set up. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. (www.helpgobabis.nl).

2016 Surgeonfish supported J’Africa foundation at Malawi

J’Africafoundation at Malawi training nurses (ongoing) 35 students are currently studying in Malawi thanks to the donors of J Africa, 97.5% of all donations are going directly to the students J’Africa maintains personal contact to all students Studying in Malawi takes 3 to 4 years, the costs of the study are average € 500 per student per year.

2016 Surgeonfish supported Twobillioneyes Foundation

Twobillioneyes is supporting to set up structural and sustainable income generating massively scalable social solution for delivering clear vision to empower people to create inclusion, become active supporters of the community. Our next Pilot in Kenya is training 24 local persons to become Vision Collaborators (all are now unemployed, we create jobs, and at least 12 will have a physicalhandicap –> inclusion for the handicapped.

2016 Surgeonfish supported Suriname Stichting Aloparamaribo, devices for newborns.

2016 Cape Town Surgeonfish supported Bishop LavisRehabilitation Clinic Cape Town

The Bishop Lavis Rehab Center aims to provide a comprehensive therapy service to the Bishop Lavis community unable to afford medical aid.

2016 Surgeonfish supported stichting 4Kenia

Their goal is to offer a unique education in Integrated Medicine and support the development of healthcare in Kenya. The mission is to empower a new generation of healthcare practitioners with a quality medical education and through the integration of conventional and alternative medicines, to support the provision of accessible, affordable and effective healthcare for all

2016 Surgeonfish supported Benefit Haiti Emergency Fund

The benefit Haiti Emergency Fund for hurricane victims centralizes the requests for help and together with our managers on site what needs we can support.

2016 we supported INTERPLAST-Germany

InterplastThe members of INTERPLAST-Germany provide plastic surgery free of charge in developing countries. The treated patients suffer from facial malformations, cleft lips and palates, malformation of hands, extensive burn scars, tumors located on head and skin, disabilities due to accidents or wound consequences of war and other diseases which require the skills of plastic surgery. The objective is to integrate the patients into society. Unfortunately, innate malformations or diseases are often seen as punishment for sins by divine forces. The affected people are often not accepted socially. See: www.interplast-germany.de/english

2016 we supported Cleft Surgery for the 4th time.

The mission of the Cleft Surgery Organization is to offer these children a chance to have a normal life by performing cleft operations free of charge.

See www.cleftsurgery.org

2016 we supported the Working Group Orthopedics Overseas for 3rd time

Othopedic oversea 1The Working group aims for orthopedic assistance in developing countries as Burkina Faso & Kumi Uganda.
We will donate money for travel expenses, medication & prosthesis. See http://orthopedie-overzee.nl/

2015 we supported for the 2nd time J’Africa Foundation

We believe that education is the way to realize development in Africa. J’Africa Foundation provides financial support for students in J afriqueMalawi. Over the last 12 years J’Africa has helped 160 young Malawians successfully complete a college or university education. We are proud to report that at least 97% of the donations go directly to our students. J’ Africa Foundation meets all of the CBF requirements and is officially registered as a charity (ANBI). Thanks to your donations we have helped many Malawians complete their studies to become nurses, plumbers, doctors and agriculture specialists. They are now gainfully employed, not only can they support themselves, but in many cases also their (extended) families. Their development contributes to development of Malawi as a whole.

2015 we supported for the 3rd time a project at Haiti via hospital Aalst (www.bloggen.be/geertvi)

They assist a school (about 180 students), try to improve the infrastructure, investing in school material and assistance to a football school responsible for 300 young people.

2015 we supported Stichting Nepalimed Holland (www.nepalimed.nl)

After the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal supported Nepalimed hospitals by sending medical equipment, in addition, Dutch doctors to advise and train the medical staff. Objectives: – Mother and child health care, – Family planning, – Immunization programme, – Training traditional birth attendance and community health volunteers, – Health education, – microcreditprograms;

2015 we supported Stichting Radio (www.stichtingradio.nl)

RADIO (Radbradiooud anesthetic services in developing countries) is a foundation that supports anesthesiologists, anesthesia residents or physician assistants for their anesthetic services in developing countries. The hospital in the developing country often has a great lack of the necessary disposables and it is expected that the anesthesiologist takes the disposables with him/her. RADIO also encourages education and training in the developing country. RADIO is there to make this possible, in a proper and controlled manner.

2015 supported Cleft Surgery for the 3rd time (www.cleftsurgery.org)

The mission of the Cleft Surgery Organization is to offer these children a chance to have a normal life by performing cleft operations free of charge. The Cleft Surgery Organization is an initiative of Dr Bart van de Ven. He and his volunteering colleagues organize missions to developing countries in order to perform and teach operations on behalf of these children. They operate on as many children as possible. The all-inclusive cost of one surgery is around € 150.

2015 we supported Memisa (memisa.be)memisa

The donation for Memisa will go to the Hospital project at Kasongo-Lunda to ensure proper operation of the hospital (purchase equipment, fuel, personnel expenses, etc.). Every year we get feedback on how these donations are used and how they improve health care in the very poor regions, e.g. development of an additional small project to reduce perinatal mortality by educating local women about hygiene, care during pregnancy, breastfeeding and malaria prevention. (Moasi Makasi).

2014 we supported the Working Group Orthopedics Overseas

The Working group aims for orthopedic assistance in developing countries as Burkina Faso & Kumi Uganda.
We will donate money for travel expenses, medication & prosthesis. See http://orthopedie-overzee.nl/

2013 we supported Paz Holandesa for the second time (www.pazholandesa.com)

The Children Hospital, South of Peru planned inter alia two (free) plastic surgery projects for children born with a paz holandesacleftlip /palate or burn wounds. During these projects alround 200 operations will be done. Post surgery care consists of checkups, speech lessons, dental care and psychological counseling of parents and patients. In addition, monthly informative meetings are held on prevention, nutrition and on how reading, speech and physical therapy exercises can be done at home with the children.

2013 we supported Akoyou Togo  (www.akouyo.org)

via hakouyoospital Aalst Belgium, they buy in Togo materials for children, planning to build a school and medical centre.

2013 we supported for the second time a project at Haiti via hospital Aalst (www.bloggen.be/geertvi)

They assist a school (about 180 students), try to improve the infrastructure, investing in school material and assistance to a football school responsible for 300 young people.

2013 we supported for several times a project at Health- & Emergency-care Learning Program Gobabis (www.helpgobabis.nl)

Two employees from the Kylstra ambulance group are working in Gobabis, Nambia to improve the local medical care.
They have equipped the village with an ambulance and trained the firemen that operate it.

2013 we supported the “Stichting Internationale Orde van Hospitaalbroeders”.

Support in hospital Lunsar-Mabesseneh/Sierra Leone: orthopedics, fracture surgery and general surgery including head and neck surgery and basic plastic surgery.

2013 we supported Wilhelmina hospital/NL and “Stichting Help Flores”

In 1992, Flores was hit by an earthquake followed by tsunamis; Lela was mostly destroyed. Back then, the hospital was rebuilt with the help of donations. Now, unfortunately, these financial sources have dried up, the government hardly contributes to the costs and the hospital must economize. Only a handful of patients can still pay the bills. The Rumah Sakit St Elizabeth hospital has an important regional and local function, the hospital employs 156 permanent employees and somewhere between 150 and 300 students. An enthusiastic team of the Wilhelmina Hospital Assen has decided to travel to Lela in September 2013 for a period of 3 weeks, to carry out operations and give trainings and lectures.

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