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Dr. Peter Janes of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and a medical team will be traveling to Rwanda July 22-August 11 on a medical missionary trip. The group will be providing no-cost surgical, medical and community health programs, education, training and relief in an area where health care is often limited or difficult to obtain. Most surgeons fled the African country or were killed during the major genocide in 1994. Dr. Janes says the team focuses on orthopedic surgeries because the people of Rwanda must rely on their limbs not only everyday life, but for income.

In addition to performing 15-20 surgeries in one week, Dr. Janes will be conducting workshops to train local health care providers on how to correct club foot in newborns. This is the third year Dr. Janes has made the trip. This year he will be at three different hospitals; Rilima, Mugonero and CHUK, for a week each. In addition, there is a surgical team at King Faisal hospital in Kigali, working at the orphanage, and a team building a gazebo at Mugonero.

Dr. Janes and his colleagues will be sending home daily blog entries with photos and depictions of their daily experiences. View the Summit Daily for full article.