About Us


Dr. Gergely Pataki
general surgeon, plastic surgeon and burn specialist


Dr. Peter Vancso
trauma surgeon, hand surgeon, plastic surgeon and burn specialist

Dr. Attila Fekete
trauma surgeon, hand surgeon, plastic surgeon and burn specialist

Dr. Artur Kalatovics
resident surgeon

Dr.  Krisztina Baranyai
resident in general medical practice

Hasnat Mia
engineer, president of For-Bangladesh Association

Dr. Eva Varga
anaesthesiology and intensive therapy specialist

Dr. Marcell Csapody
anaesthesiology and intensive therapy specialist

Dr. Ferenc Alfoldy Ph.D
general surgeon, nephrologist
Lecturer of the Semmelweis University

Dr. Gyorgy Szeifert Ph.D

Dr. Gabor Kovacs Ph.D
molecular genetics specialist

Dr. Gergely Csokay
maxillo-facial surgeon

Dr. Andras Ungor
resident surgeon

Dr. Mate Jancsó
resident in plastic surgery

Ms. Zsuzsanna Csaszar
clinical psychologist

Mrs. Margit Siralyne Hardi
conductive education specialist

External special contributor:

Dr. Andras Csokay Ph.D

Legal representative:

Dr. Zsolt Tamási

Official documentation specialist:

Richard Fuchs
documentation specialist

Action for Defenceless People Foundation (ADPF), a Hungarian public benefit medical aid and charity foundation was founded in 2002 by Dr. Greg Pataki, Hungarian plastic surgeon, and Dr. Andras Csokay Hungarian neurosurgeon.  Its activities include helping those who can do little or nothing to protect themselves because of their economic position or state of health.

To achieve this goal, the Foundation performs free surgery in Hungary and abroad, mostly in developing countries, organizes rehabilitation of patients, coordinates professional education and consultation in health-related institutions, and helps to acquire medical equipment and special hospital instruments for medical institutions in need.

The essence of “ACTION” is to provide help actively and directly, both in Hungary and abroad. During our foreign missions, we travel to carry out special surgeries in the most disadvantaged areas of the world, where the number of doctors is too low, and the poverty rate is too high. Because of the waiting lists and the shortage of doctors, there is a need for a rapidly deployable, charitable group of physicians in Hungary too. Children’s congenital malformations and injuries must be treated quickly because they are growing, and their learned behavior is tailored to their physical potential. For example, it really matters whether a hand will be usable – since it will decide that its owner is going to be a person in need, or they will be able to work.

We focus mainly on 3 specific specialities: plastic and reconstructive surgery (including burns), neurosurgery and rehabilitation medicine.
Plastic surgery treatments are primarily aimed at patients with: Burns contractures, extensive burn scars (postburn, mature scars) on head and body, various function limiting hand and extremity diseases that can be treated with reconstructive surgery (malformation of hands like syndactyly), scars after traumas, congenital deformities (like cleft lip, Parry-Romberg syndrome, Poland Syndrom)  functional deficits or disfiguration disabilities due to accidents, injury (acid attacks) or wound consequences of accidents, war and other diseases (e.g. defect after infection – polio, leprosy, noma etc.), tumours – or facial malformations located on head and skin commonly in children, but some adults can also be considered for surgery.

“We have separated fingers grown together, restored damaged faces, and performed plastic surgery operations on the patients’ skin so that previously unusable parts of the body can be used again after movement difficulties because of poorly healed scars. ” (Dr. Pataki)

“FOR DEFENCELESS” means that the biggest problems and need must first be remedied. We need to help those who are in greatest trouble and have the smallest chance of healing. Health needs are endless, you can always get a slightly better quality of life. From this infinite demand, our Foundation targets that segment where the smallest money input is the most profitable. Our medical missions in Bangladesh and Nigeria serve this purpose.

Our help is like “a drop in the sea”. We can not change the world, but for a thousand people, a world has changed because of the foundation’s work in recent years.

“What word is missing from the Our Father that we pray every day? The word ‘I. Give me this day my daily bread.’ No. ‘Give us.’ It’s asked for all, for all the poor of the world. Don’t forget this, that the word ‘I’ is missing. We pray with ‘you and with we.’ This is a good teaching from Jesus. Don’t forget it.” (Pope Francis)

“The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” (Mother Theresa)

We kindly accept donations to the following bank account:

Cselekves a Kiszolgaltatottakert Alapitvany
(Action For Defenceless People Foundation)
IBAN: HU57109180010000010705280007

Address: H-1118 Budapest, Szamado Str. 6.
E-mail: info[at]cselekves[dot]org


  • 8 Surgical Camps to Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated developing countries in the world, as the first Hungarian-founded plastic surgery mission (launched in 2010). Over 500 successful operations.
  • 7 Neurosurgery and 1 Plastic Surgery Missions to Nigeria.
  • The unique multidisciplinary Hungarian-Bangladeshi-cooperation in the frame of a multistaged operation named “Operation Freedom”, for the successful separation of two three year old Bangladeshi girls, Rabeya and Rukaya, who were born conjoined at the head.
  • In 2018 ADPF has organized a group of 10 specialist doctors from Hungary to the Rohingya camps in Kutupalog-Balukhashi, South Bangladesh for a 2 weeks camp.
  • Purchase of medical equipment and additional tools for the Neurosurgery Department and Plastic Surgery Ambulance of the Pediatric Surgery and Traumatology Department at the St. John’s Hospital in Budapest.
  • Acquisition of electrically operated hospital beds, medical equipment, hospital furniture and other items – more than 82 times – for health and social institutions in need. Donations went to the hospitals in Hungarian cities, such as Budapest, Szombathely, Keszthely, Nagykanizsa, Zalaegerszeg, and Baja, besides the Semmelweis University of Medicine and the University of Debrecen Medical School. We asked for donations for the fares, and received support from you.
  • So far, nearly 400(!) lectures were given across Europe by our founders, Dr. Andras Csokay and Dr. Greg Pataki. We organized three Neurotraumatology Congresses in Miskolc.
  • „Fine Arts in Surgery” exhibition and health education lectures in 2009 at the St. John’s Hospital in Budapest (2009).
  • We started a movement in December 2007 to decorate healthcare institutions with the works of painters, sculptors, and photographers. This has become nationwide since then.
  • Support of health education and youth welfare publications.
  • Self creating and publishing of “Live Healthy, Live Well” booklet for the youth
  • Successful application for used high-value medical devices from foreign manufacturers.
  • Besides a number of free operations, the medical missions to Bangladesh also assisted the establishment of two new departments, the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Department and Burn Unit and Neurosurgery Department, at Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Specialized Hospital & Nursing College. The initiated new Departments and the high level Educational Cooperation in Medical Training and Health Care among Organizations between Bangladesh and Hungary, are a pioneering attempt to enhance health care system in Bangladesh.


  • Further help for the Hungarian health sector and social institutions.
  • Purchase of special machinery and equipment for the reconstructive surgery of burn-injured children.
  • Support for Hungarian children living beyond the border with medical screening.
  • Further missions to third-world countries (eg. Bangladesh, Nigeria, Cambodia).
  • Training for surgeons and plastic surgeons from Bangladesh in Hungary.
  • Training for medical students from Bangladesh in Hungary.
  • Funding of reconstructive surgery for children with Burn Injuries from other countries in Hungary.

(Updated: Jan, 2021)

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