Twice a year, a team of American Plastic Surgeons join the doctors and nurses at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, travelling from the US and donating their time to help the children of The Plaster House and greater Arusha. The children are brought here with a variety of injuries and disabilities: from cleft lips and palates to burn scar contractures with injuries often sustained from falling into cooking fires. Without the doctors help, it is likely that these largely operable conditions would never be fixed.
Many of the children have never been in a hospital before, or even a large town like Arusha, so the experience is often very nerve-wracking for them.
With thanks to the teams at The Plaster House and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.
Images: Eliza Deacon