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6th Humanitarian plastic surgery mission in Bangladesh with Hungarian Doctors completed in December 2017

Action for Defenceless People Foundation and For Bangladesh Association together with Interplast Hungary organized its sixth plastic surgery medical mission in Bangladesh in cooperation with Sheikh Fazilltunnessa Hospital in Gazipur from November 23 to December 7, 2017.

Besides a number of free operations, the aim of this mission was to help to establish two new departments at one of Bangladesh’s most modern Hospitals.

The Opening Ceremony of the Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery Camp and establishment of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Department and Burn Unit and Neurosurgery Department at Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialized Hospital & Nursing College was on November 25, where our specialist Team from Hungary was honored with a reception, with the participation of over 300 guests. Health Minister Mohamed Nazim expressed the highest appreciation toward the doctors on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh.

After 5 successful missions in Dhaka, our Hungarian Volunteer Plastic Surgery Team has arrived with a lot of surgical material, screened over 100 patients, performed over 56 operations by the end of the week.  There were 23 children (under aged) among the treated patients.

Members of the Hungarian Team were dr. Éva Varga, dr. Péter Vancsó, Dr. András Csókay. Dr. Gergely Pataki (leader of the team and the medical mission). Local chief-coordinator was Eng. Hasnat Mia.

The main site of the medical mission was Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialized Hospital & Nursing College, owned by the “Father of The Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” Memorial Trust, Bangladesh.

The initiated new Departments and cooperation in Health Care among Non- Profit Organizations of major public benefit in Bangladesh and Hungary are a pioneering attempt to health are development.

Complex operations were also carried out upon patients with the participation of local surgeons to improve the existing skills. Besides this, lectures and training were given to the doctors and as well as the nurses for practical guidance.

As for educational purposes, special LIVE operations were presented at the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical School in the frame of a Symposium organized on 2-3 of December, led by Dr. Pataki and Professor Kalam. (Microstructural Fat Grafting on Romberg-Patients)

The Hungarian Team has visited the 500-bed Hospital which is being built as a new central Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery.

As founder of Action for Defenceless People Foundation – Interplast Hungary, dr. Pataki assured the Bangladeshis of the continuing help to the establishment of the world’s largest plastic surgery unit.

The joint Team is ready to continue their free operation camps in 2018 as well. As Dr. Pataki emphasized:

We were captivated by the volunteer community; by the warmth and friendliness of the doctors, sisters and locals. We want to improve the quality of life of many suffering patients with the help of plastic surgery. The aim of plastic and reconstructive surgery is to increase quality of life through restoring form and function. Our colleagues and patients in Bangladesh always greet us with the highest level of cooperation. Their positive feedbacks prove the success of our work, we would like to continue our mission in 2018. ”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited the Hungarian Team to her residence and honored the volunteering doctors.
(Dhaka, December 7, 2017.)

Signed by: Gergely Pataki MD, plastic surgeon, Action for Defenceless People Foundation – Interplast Hungary


Humanitarian plastic surgery mission in Bangladesh with European Doctors completed (2015. April)

Action for Defenceless People Foundation of Hungary organized its fifth plastic surgery medical mission in Bangladesh in cooperation with For-Bangladesh Association, Interplast Hungary and Interplast Germany.

As the medical leader of the Team, Gergely Pataki MD, plastic surgeon from Hungary, said:

The main goal was to provide free reconstructive plastic surgical operations to improve the quality of life of the people in need in Bangladesh, who are suffering from face or extremity deformation, burn injuries, hand mutilation, or birth-defecs.

Dr. Pataki informed the media, that the Members of the European Team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery consisted of two plastic surgeons and one anesthesiologist from Hungary, one plastic surgeon, one trainee surgeon, one anesthesiologist and one theatre nurse from Germany and one from Holland.

The specialist Team from Hungary and Germany was honored with a reception, with the participation of over 500 guests, where Health Minister Zahid Maleque and  Prof. Dr. Sayed Modasser Ali, Health Advisor to the Prime Minister expressed the highest appreciation toward the doctors in the name of the Government of Bangladesh.

After 4 successful missions in Dhaka, the Hungarian Volunteer Plastic Surgery Team has arrived with a lot of surgical material, screened over 200 patients, performed over 100 operations by the end of this week. The main sites of the medical mission were the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical School and Banglabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. Complex operations were also carried out upon patients with the participation of local surgeons to improve the existing skills. Also, lectures and trainings were given to the doctors and as well as the nurses for practical guidance.

The previous missions took place at the International Medical College, Tongi, Dhaka where Dr. Pataki and his Team have operated on a large number of patients from 2011 to 2014.

The joint Team is ready to continue their free operation camps in 2017 as well. As Dr. Pataki ephasized:

Our goal is to make an impact on the quality of life of many suffering patients with the help of plastic surgery. We have experienced the highest level of cooperation and welcome from our colleagues here in Bangladesh and from the number of patients we operated. Their positive feedbacks show that our work has been effective, therefore we intend to continue our mission. Also Hungary plans to offer short specialist’s training to Bangladeshi doctors.


Saviours of burn victims

The Daily Star (13th April 2015)

“Interplast is an international non-profit association of plastic surgeons who provide free plastic and reconstructive surgery worldwide, for people who do not have access to the otherwise costly treatment.

Dhaka Medical School Burn Unit : Outside the OT area on the first floor of the institute, senior plastic surgeon Greg Pataki along with two other members of his team was seen discussing the cases of a few outdoor patients.

“We are providing training by giving presentations about our cases,” said Pataki, who represents Interplast Hungary.

“The doctors and residents are very well trained and perform a wide spectrum of plastic surgeries. But the number of burn cases and patients, who need special plastic surgery, is very high while the number of plastic surgeons in Bangladesh is very few,” said Pataki, who visited Bangladesh four times. Besides treatment, the foreign team is providing hands-on training to doctors of the institute.

Dr. Rahman, who worked with the team during surgery, said, “We saw application of some modern instruments which we had previously read about only in books and journals. We also learnt some advanced techniques,” he said.”


Dr. Pataki about his Plastic Surgery Mission in Bangladesh


Dr. Pataki about his 3rd time Plastic Surgery Mission in Bangladesh


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