«CHEIRA Swiss Humanitarian Surgery» is dedicated to the organisation and medical treatment of people in need of help. It is active in developing countries and crisis zones where people are especially reliant on help. Its activity focuses on disfiguring and debilitating diseases, such as the infectious disease Noma, the consequences of tumours, accidents or snake bites, as well as birth defects. The surgical teams of CHEIRA perform a vast range of special interventions, which cannot be carried out by local doctors. Ulrich AG is delighted to support “CHEIRA Swiss Humanitarian Surgery” with surgical instruments and contribute to successful operations in Palestine, Jordan and Burkina Faso.
Swiss Surgical Team
Swiss Surgical Teams (SST) is an association of medical volunteers (physicians, nurses, medical technicians) who have set themselves the goal of carrying out sustainable and long-term medical development projects free of charge, taking into account local needs and resources. The focus is on the education and training of local medical personnel, usually in the framework of biannual missions of 2 to 3 weeks duration, in collaboration with national and regional health authorities, as well as academic institutions.
They all perform unpaid missions in public hospitals in various developing countries, currently in Tanzania, Tajikistan, the South Pacific, and until 2015 in Mongolia and until 2017 in Nigeria.
In 2021, a generous donation in kind was made by Ulrich AG in the form of surgical instruments.
Ulrich AG supports the Faaba foundation, which works in northern Bénin helping to improve healthcare and education opportunities - especially for girls and young women. We supplied surgical instruments for the areas of Orthopaedics, Surgery, Gynaecology, and Hand Surgery to help set up a new hospital.
Ulrich AG supports a Swiss doctor by providing surgical instruments for an ongoing project that takes place once a year, where children with clubfoot are operated on.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Ulrich AG donated instruments to the value of around 100,000 CHF to help rebuild the Albert Schweitzer Hospital near of Port-au-Prince.
In 2019, another generous donation in the form of surgical instruments took place.
ULRICH AG supported the project «Reconstructing Women International».
This year a team of international doctors travelled to Bangladesh to operate on patients suffering from burns sequelae.
The following thank-you letters and pictures have been sent to us:
Bangladesh 2019 - T H A N K Y O U
Dear friends, sponsors and representatives of surgical medical devices,
I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable help with procuring equipment, supplying essential surgical items, and your support with packing and listing these items. Equipment, discounts on travel, surgical instruments, bandages, sterilisation of bandages, sutures, creams, medication, anaesthesia equipment, bags, small toys for children and pencils for adults.
In total, we operated on 35 patients, mainly women and children, who were suffering from sequelae from burns that did not initially receive primary treatment, and a few cases of tumours. Very serious cases could not be treated, but these are being looked at in the capital Dhaka, and then it is likely they will be treated in Canada. The procedures went smoothly and the initial results are very promising. They are functional results that make a big difference.
We also saw very difficult life situations and domestic violence. We will continue our work and will endeavour to achieve prevention and disseminate information in this area too.
There are no words to describe the experience and I thank you all for your help with the 102 kilograms of material and in particular for your support for everyone.
Dr. M.-C. G.-M.