Domingo Alvear, MD (2/17/21)
We are once again pleased to feature Dr. Domingo Alvear and the World Surgical Foundation (WSF) in our “Members in the News” section of FICS Online. If you haven’t heard of the WSF, you should know that this organizaton was founded by Dr. Alvear and their volunteers have performed over 9,000 free surgeries since October 1997. The WSF volunteers have improved health care in many low income countries, including Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Thailand. WSF also provides education to local medical personnel and donates medical equipment, supplies, and medicine.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic hindering the ability of the WSF to provide in-person medical and surgical services to children and others who need life changing and sometimes life-saving surgical procedures in low income countries, Dr. Alvear has been shifting his focus to the distribution of care packages to needy families. Working closely with the WSF branch in the Philippines, Dr. Alvear has determined that $15 will feed a family of 4 for an entire week. Visit https://worldsurgicalfoundation.org/ to donate to this worthy cause.
Of course Dr. Alvear knows that eventually he and his teams will once again be visiting not only the Philippines, but also places like Nigeria and Honduras. The WSF is actively obtaining supplies as well as equipment and shipping these to contacts all around the word. Recently Dr. Alvear and the WSF received a number of donated Laparoscopic Towers which will be shipped to Honduras and Nigeria. While these towers were being discarded here in the US, they are still completely usable and will prove to be invaluable to local surgeons and future teams when they visit these locations.
WSF contacts in Honduras have indicated that there is significant need for Ophthalmologic care. Cataract and other eye surgeries are desperately needed. Local hosts would cover hotel and meal costs for volunteers. If you are an Ophthalmologist or you know of one who would like to help in the future, please contact the WSF for more information.
To learn more about ways to help, click on the following link to the WSF website, https://worldsurgicalfoundation.org/how-to-help/
World Surgical Foundation
P.O. Box 1006
Camp Hill, PA 17001-1006