Posts from Currently Active Missions

Jul 15, 2024

Dr. Maureen Valley, DMD, MPH, MS, Appointed as Director of Dental Services at Rotaplast International

San Francisco, California

SAN FRANCISCO – June 15, 2024 – Rotaplast International is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Maureen Valley, DMD, MPH, MS, as the new Director of Dental Services. Dr. Valley brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and passion for humanitarian work,

Jun 24, 2024

Day 10 – Post-clinicincal Support

Kampala, Uganda

A Ugandan mother smiles proudly as she demonstrates the increased mobility of her daughter’s arm following surgery to correct a burn contracture. The successful procedure has brought newfound hope and relief to their lives. A young boy stands smiling with

Jun 17, 2024

Day 9 – Final Surgeries

Kampala, Uganda

Surgeon Karla Werninghaus, MD carefully inspects a young boy’s burn contracture on his arm, ensuring she understands the full extent of the injury before proceeding with the surgery. Anesthesiologist Laura Joanne Davis points at the schedule for the final day

Jun 17, 2024

Day 8 – Kiruddu National Referral Hospital

Kampala, Uganda

A morning photo showcases Kiruddu National Referral Hospital, the hub of this Rotaplast mission. Situated in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, Kiruddu is a public tertiary hospital under the Ministry of Health’s management. It serves as a major referral center for patients

Jun 14, 2024

Day 7 – Rotary’s Compassionate Touch

Kampala, Uganda

Rotaract member Cathy Lizzie engages two young children in a coloring activity using crayons in the ward. Her warm interaction fosters a comforting environment where children can relax and express themselves creatively during their recovery. Such moments of care and

Jun 14, 2024

Day 6 – Partnership

Kampala, Uganda

Mission Director Brian Walker and Dr. Rose Alenyo stand next to a man who was an electrician before losing both of his hands. Brian holds a prosthetic hand assembled by Rotarians and provided by Odyssey Teams’ Build a Hand® program

Jun 13, 2024

Day 5 – Snapshot of Kampala

Kampala, Uganda

A snapshot captures a woman selling an array of fresh vegetables and fruits, including tomatoes, limes, pineapple, watermelon, and Amaranth (Dodo greens), in the bustling rural markets along the streets of Kampala. This vibrant scene showcases the daily life and

Jun 12, 2024

Day 4 – Surgical Progress and Collaborative Care

Kampala, Uganda

A joyful young child waves and smiles while recovering in the ward, enjoying a banana. In the background, the child’s mother sits with a beaming smile, watching her child with relief and happiness. Pediatrician Dr. Bernard “Boony” Thio shares a

Jun 11, 2024

Day 3 – First Day of Surgery

Kampala, Uganda

A patient awaiting surgery sits in the ward, smiling as they color with markers, thanks to the efforts of our team’s recreation therapist, Trina Coffman-Gomez. The bright colors and playful activity provide a welcome distraction, easing the patient’s anxiety and

Jun 7, 2024

Day 2 – Preclinical screenings

Kampala, Uganda

Hundreds of people from Kampala, Uganda, and the surrounding areas arrived at Kiruddu Referral Hospital for a chance to be seen by our Rotaplast team. They hope to receive treatment for cleft lips, cleft palates, and burn contractures, seeking relief

Jun 5, 2024

Day One – Arrival in Kampala

Kampala, Uganda

The Rotaplast team, including Mission Director Brian Walker and Medical Director/Rotaplast International co-founder Dr. Angelo Capozzi, received a warm welcome from the Rotary Club of Kampala-Nsambya upon their arrival at Entebbe International Airport. This heartfelt reception marks the beginning of

May 22, 2024

The Final Countdown

Medellin, Colombia

It was bittersweet as we said our goodbyes yesterday. We were going home, but we knew pieces of our team’s hearts now belong to the people of Colombia. What a humbling, 13 day experience! Two weeks ago we met as

May 15, 2024

“Happier Then Ever” for you Evan

Medellin, Colombia

Extreme endurance, commitment, and perseverance! A four-year-old indigenous boy and his teenage sister, Dayana Mejia, were determined to arrive at the clinic from Bajo Baudo, a town far away in the Choco Department, Colombia. He and his sister spent three

May 14, 2024

Eye of the Tiger

Medellin, Colombia

It takes steadfast concentration, combined with a compassionate heart to make a difference in the lives of the families that entrust us with their children’s care. It is obvious that this thought is uppermost in the minds of our surgeons,

May 13, 2024

Somebody’s Hero

Medellin, Colombia

There is nothing more precious than capturing the essence of a mother’s unconditional love. It is very inspiring to see how much a mother will endure to help her child. Mothers are not the only heroes here. We have all

May 10, 2024

Groove is in the Heart

Medellin, Colombia

We are getting into the groove! Only upbeat and positive energy entered the atrium today from our group of amazing Rotaplast volunteers.  We were extremely determined to have a smooth day while keeping it light and fun for the children.

May 10, 2024

That’s What Friends Are For

Medellin, Colombia

It’s an incredible feeling when you are surrounded by a hospital filled with like minded, selfless, and loving people. Friends, and extremely committed partners! People that not only care, but they give freely with all their whole being. Today we

May 9, 2024

“Natalie” better known here as sweet Nataly

Medellin, Colombia

(Pictured: Rotarian Michelle Lewis, Nataly, and Rotarian Darlene Scott) Familiar faces and appreciative families were waiting for us in the reception room as we arrived at the hospital yesterday morning. Some of us were even greeted by surprise hugs from

May 8, 2024

Surfing in a Hurricane

Medellin, Colombia

Beach balls floating, large coloring circle time, tons of kids playing, and a registration line spread across the room, it felt like a hurricane.  Once we found our rhythm, it was smooth sailing. Our registration team, Michelle Lewes, Medical Records,

May 8, 2024

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

Medellin, Colombia

On this Tuesday morning, a beautiful sunrise greeted us on our first full day of surgery. Anxious parents filled the atrium as they waited patiently for their child to be called to surgery. The look of relief on their faces


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Jul 15, 2024

Dr. Maureen Valley, DMD, ...

San Francisco, California

SAN FRANCISCO – June 15, 2024 – Rotaplast International is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Maureen Valley, DMD, MPH, MS, as the new Director of Dental Services. Dr. Valley brings a wealth ... Read More »

Jun 24, 2024

Day 10 – Post-clini...

Kampala, Uganda

A Ugandan mother smiles proudly as she demonstrates the increased mobility of her daughter’s arm following surgery to correct a burn contracture. The successful procedure has brought newfound hope an... Read More »