SAVING THE CHILDREN
KiwanisSIGN is a Pacific Northwest District-wide humanitarian effort working to heal bone-shattering trauma in children -- and their adult support systems -- throughout the developing countries of the world.
Most extreme trauma in the world occurs in developing countries, much of it the result of traffic accidents on roads where pedestrians and cyclists share space with trucks, buses, cars and animals.
KiwanisSIGN provides free surgical implants for use by surgeons to heal otherwise untreatable injuries to children, family caregivers and primary wage earners.
CHANGING THE WORLD
Kiwanis World Service Medal laureate (1997), Lewis G. Zirkle, Jr., MD used the $10,000 prize he received from the Kiwanis International Foundation to help found SIGN Fracture Care International. His ambitious goal: Creating Equality of Fracture Care Throughout the World.
COMING FULL CIRCLE
Kiwanis clubs of the Pacific Northwest District (led by 2010-2011 Kiwanis Int’l President Sylvester Neal, Honorary Project Chairman) are “completing the circle” that Kiwanis helped to make possible. Club and Personal donations of $100 pay the cost of providing one life-changing -- and family-saving -- surgery that would not otherwise be available to the great majority of people in developing countries.
Nearly 300 SIGN Fracture Care International Surgery Centers are already in place in more than 50 countries across Asia, Latin America and Africa . . . and nearly 170,000 trauma victims have already been returned to productive lives since SIGN Fracture Care International’s inception in 1999. Injuries that would have otherwise left victims bedfast for life are being healed daily.
KiwanisSIGN Surgery Centers are located in Guatemala, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, South Sudan, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Uganda, Myanmar, Nepal, Iraq, Zambia, Niger, Barundi , Nigeria, Rwanda, Pakistan, and Tanzania. They are among the most productive of SIGN Fracture Care International's nearly 300 hospitals already healing severe trauma around the developing world with SIGN implants. Nineteen additional KiwanisSIGN, already-funded Surgery Centers will soon be assigned at sites to be determined.
Each KiwanisSIGN Surgery Center represents donations from Kiwanians and their clubs totaling $15,000. New Surgery Centers start with training in SIGN surgical techniques and instruments and implants sufficient to heal 100 severely injured children and adults. Also included is SIGN Fracture Care International’s commitment to replace implants as they are used.
PNW’s intermediate goal of sponsoring 100 new KiwanisSIGN Surgery Centers worldwide, when achieved, will result in at least 10,000 persons restored to productive lives each year without additional expenditures from Kiwanians or their clubs.