The impact we made in 2020
There are 2 billion children that can’t access surgery worldwide. In fact, more children die from surgically curable conditions than HIV, Malaria and TB combined. That's why the work that Kids Operating Room does is so important for children around the world.
The team at KidsOR are immensely proud of the work that the organisation does every day, but especially during 2020, which saw the start of a global pandemic. Because of this, we donated 10 intensive care beds and associated patient monitors to the NHS, and abroad supplied more equipment to our partner hospitals and 25,000 high quality face masks to keep surgeons safe.
We’re both incredibly proud with what KidsOR has achieved helping to ensure that children have the opportunity not just ‘to life’ but also ‘in life’.
Garreth and Nicola Wood, Co-founders
But that’s not all KidsOR has achieved during 2020. Here’s a summary of some of the most notable achievements:
- We estimate that the children’s Operating Rooms we installed have prevented 509,238 years of disability.
- A total of 29,780 operations were performed in Kids Operating Rooms, covering over 50 different surgical procedures.
- Children accessed surgery in KidsOR settings for over 80 different conditions, with the most common being appendicitis, trauma, burns, and hernias.
- We partnered with Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, to meet the needs of more children requiring surgery.
- We announced that we will supply, install and equip a paediatric Operating Room in the United Nation Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) Kakuma camp in North West of Kenya.
- Our surgical training programme will continue to grow, with us supporting 20 doctors to train to become paediatric surgeons.
Read our 2020 Impact Report
An interview with Samuel, our Education & Training Officer
We're delighted to be hosting an event in the UK parliament focused on global children's surgery.