Polio Child Relief

Polio Child Relief, Mumbai India

Polio Child Relief Mumbai Project Manager Josef Suess

For several years now, the Polio Child Relief (PCR) team of volunteers, currently headed by project manager Josef Suess, have worked to better the life of polio victims in the Bombay area, in collaboration with Dr. Paresh Desai of Shraddha Hospital.

Since 1997, hundreds of poor polio affected children have successfully received free treatment under this project, in a country where there are still thousands and thousands of such victims.

The first step in the Polio Child Relief process is that PCR volunteers visit slum areas to locate children in need of this correctional surgery.

Free check-ups are then arranged, after which the children are admitted to Shraddha Hospital, where they receive free surgery. The PCR volunteers raise the sponsorships for these operations.

A standard operation, which Dr. Desai performs at cost basis, is the equivalent of US $95. The cost for a difficult limb-lengthening surgery is US $210.

The volunteers of PCR provide patients with complimentary follow-up care and free consultation, as well as attending to emergencies and coordinating the patients’ post-operative treatment until it is successfully completed. read more…