What is CURE International?
CURE International is a nonprofit organization based in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. CURE's efforts are focused on providing medical care to children suffering primarily from orthopedic conditions. The organization's stated mission is "healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God". The organization operates 11 hospitals in the following countries: Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Zambia.
The organization was founded in 1996 by Dr. Scott Harrison and his wife, Sally. Ten years earlier, Dr. Harrison traveled to Malawi, Africa to perform spine surgery and teach higher level orthopedic surgery skills to local surgeons. In the years following, Dr. Harrison and his wife made many trips back, discovering a need for children with orthopedic disabilities.
When his tenure as CEO and President of Kirschner Medical was over, Dr. Harrison created CURE, hoping to meet that need. CURE's first hospital opened in 1998 in Kenya. Since then, CURE has seen more than 1,900,000 patients, performed more than 138,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained more than 6,100 nationals in first-world healthcare and administration. Today, it is the largest provider of pediatric surgical care in the developing world.
Honduras: Beginning in 2004, CURE provide children with medical care in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in the form of weekly clinics in area hospital. In 2008, a standalone hospital was built. The hospital, one of the best-equipped orthopedic surgical facilities in Honduras, has 20 beds, has seen more than 13,000 patients and performed more than 1,600 surgeries.
Dominican Republic: The CURE Dominican Republic Hospital, established in 2003, is located in Santo Domingo. Serving more than 700 outpatients per month, the hospital regularly sends surgical teams into Haiti and built a satellite clinic in Puerto Plata. In 2010, CURE played a key role in responding to the Haiti earthquake, by sending in one of the first surgical teams into that country.
Afghanistan: CURE accepted the invitation from Afghan Ministry of Public Health to take over a hospital located in Kabul in January, 2005. The hospital offers care for 8,000 patients each year and training programs for doctors and nurses in obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery and general practice. In the Fall of 2006, CURE partnered with Smile Train to develop a cleft lip and cleft palate surgical training program.
Ethiopia: The CURE Ethiopia Children's Hospital, established in 2008, is a pediatric orthopedic teaching hospital in Addis Ababa. The hospital provides training in pediatric and advanced orthopedic techniques and has a dual focus on pediatric orthopedics and pediatric plastic reconstruction, such as cleft lip, clubfoot, limb deformities, etc.
Kenya: The first CURE hospital opened in 1998 in Kijabe. The AIC-CURE International Children's Hospital is a 30-bed hospital that serves approximately 8,000 children per year, also operating mobile clinics to remote regions. The orthopedic training program has been certified by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, where surgeons will spend five years training at the hospital and then work at another CURE hospital for an additional amount of time. CURE clubfoot, a non-surgical treatment for the correction of clubfoot in young children, is hosted in this hospital.
Malawi: Established in 2002, the Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre has 66 beds and has expertise in total hip and knee replacement surgery. The hospital also provides physiotherapy and chiropractic services, offers orthopedic training, mobile clinics and a partnership with Smile Train.
Niger: The newest CURE hospital opened in Niamey in the summer of 2010, offering specialty surgical care and training programs for doctors and nurses.
Uganda: Specializing in treating neurosurgical needs, the CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda opened in 2000 and has been recognized as a global leader in treatment of hydrocephalus. The hospital, located in Mbale, also treats children with neural tube defects, spina bifida, epilepsy and brain tumors. The training program brings in surgeons from many countries, including Bangladesh, the U.S. and Ghana.
United Arab Emirates: The CURE Oasis Hospital, located in Al Ain, was established in 1960 to bring American medical care to the UAE. The hospital delivers 3,500 babies and treats over 122,000 patients annually. CURE acquired the hospital in 2006.
Zambia: The Beit CURE International Hospital of Zambia was established in 2004 when CURE signed an agreement with the Zambian Ministry of Health to operate a pediatric teaching hospital, specializing in treatment and care of children living with disabilities. The Beit Trust, a UK-based charity, donated $1.5 million to support construction of the hospital as a centennial gift to the people of Zambia. The hospital partners with Smile Train and has a hip replacement program.
Tebow CURE Hospital
CURE and the Tebow Foundation announced plans to build a children's hospital in the fall of 2011 in the Philippines, the country where American football star Tim Tebow was born. The Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, on the island of Mindanao, will hold 30 beds and will specialize on orthopedics.
Construction begins in January 2012 and is expected to open in mid-2013. CURE's 12th hospital worldwide, they hope to heal deformities such as clubfoot, untreated burns, hydrocephalus and other conditions correctable with surgery. The cost of the project, $3 million, will come from donors from CURE and the Tebow Foundation. The hospital will include a Timmy's Playroom, which will bring faith, hope and love to the patients.
CURE Clubfoot Worldwide: Clubfoot, a congenital deformity making walking difficult or impossible, can be corrected, using the surgery-free Ponseti Method for $250. CURE Clubfoot's goal is to eradicate clubfoot in the developing world, with over 220,000 children born each year with the deformity. By partnerships with other international NGO's, the donor community and in-country partners, CURE has treated 19,000 children in 16 countries with 141 clinics.
CURE Hydrocephalus: The program provides surgeons the training and equipment to combat the condition. Surgeons are trained in multiple forms of hydrocephalus treatment, including a “shuntless” procedure known as an ETV / CPC, where they identify the blockage in the brain and create a new path through which the accumulating fluid can drain naturally.
Lasting as short as 45 minutes, CURE claims the results of this surgery are permanent and often much more stable than implanting a shunt. On August 2, 2011, three representatives of CURE Hydrocephalus testified in front of the U. S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. Dr. Benjamin Warf, former medical director of CURE Uganda, Dr. Steven Schiff, who conducted research at CURE Uganda, and Jim Cohick, Senior Vice President of Specialty Programs at CURE International, spoke on the issue.
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