During our trip to Afghanistan in November, Jeanne and I stayed in the military hospital where helicopters arrived as early as 5:00 am transporting injured patients. On an average day, 35 patients are flown in from areas of conflict for treatment. The injustice of poverty is only accentuated by the ongoing clashes here, and the wounds are severe.

At first, the scene reminded me of my service in Vietnam. As we witnessed even more helicopters delivering seriously wounded patients—military and civilian, the carnage of war for the so-called winners and losers lingered with me then as it still does today.

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SIGN Instruments and Implants have become critical tools for treating many of these patients. There are SIGN Programs at ten hospitals in Afghanistan today. My empathy extends to the orthopaedic surgeons throughout Afghanistan who endeavor daily to create healing hope for those injured in road traffic accidents and war. Dr. Wardak is working with the ministers of health and ministers of public health to bring SIGN to more hospitals in Afghanistan, and they are focused on the areas where need is greatest.

At SIGN, it is our mission and our vision to assist the Afghani surgeons who care for these patients. We are making plans to provide additional education and implants to treat more patients in this region. The world is filled with conflict, and we must befriend and support the good people—like the Afghani surgeons–throughout the world.

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