It is such a privilege for me to be involved in this trip - especially as the only non-US representative! The principles of Interplast come across very strongly, that we are here not only to treat people but also to teach so as to strengthen the local medical team, aiming for future autonomy.
The Interplast team here is outstanding and has been consistently providing care of an excellent standard. Of course, limitations in equipment and facilities mean that lots of ingenuity is needed sometimes, which adds to the fun! But, never have standards been allowed to slip.
The patients and their families have been a delight to meet and to treat. Their stoicism and cheeky good-humour has been a great example to us all. Our Vietnamese interpreters (Li Ha and Tue Thu) have looked after us with amusement and kindness.
Overall, this is a wonderful and valuable experience and I will be taking recommendations back to my colleagues in the UK!