The clinic utoquai not only takes care of the well-being and beauty of our patients here in Switzerland and internationally, but also regularly sends our most experienced doctors and specialists “pro bono” to war and crisis zones to assist the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society under the most difficult conditions.
The Swisscross Foundation was established by the clinic utoquai for the purpose of ensuring protection and secure access to adequate medical care under all circumstances.
Life-saving immediate measures as well as professional medical care should be guaranteed at all times, even in the event of natural disasters and armed conflicts, within a useful period of time.
But this is a long and arduous path, in which we have been involved for over 25 years. In our efforts we rely on our own core competencies, the professional treatment of difficult physical deformities caused by gunshot wounds and other acts of violence. The aim is also to involve and support local and regional doctors in the treatment of these complex injuries and to provide them with the necessary local knowledge so that they can continue to provide the medical care of their own population at a high level.
Together with the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and our local and international partners, we run a centre for reconstructive surgery (orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, physiotherapy etc.) in Tripoli/Lebanon near the border with Syria.
The treatment of complicated wounds and deformities requires a high level of expertise and experience, but also a corresponding aesthetic sensitivity in order to achieve the best possible functional and aesthetic result for these war victims. The goal should always be to preserve the dignity of the individual in order to achieve the fullest possible integration into his or her original community.
The best specialists from all over the world have been selected to take on this demanding task. They apply the experience they gain there again for the benefit of their own patients. A win-win situation for all involved.
If you would like to find out more about the project or Swisscross or if you would like to support the project personally, please click on this link: https://www.swisscross.org