Hope After Fire
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What makes this project unique?

It's Scope and Dimension

This project addresses a special need in the society. Every minute in India, five people are severely burned. Burns are India's third leading cause of 'burden of disease' with more than 3 million people burned each year.(Ref: Resurge International). For every burn related death, there must be at least 10 people who would be severely injured.

The standard of acute care leaves much to be desired. So most of them end up with some form of deformity. Reconstructing them all is a mammoth undertaking, but the commitment of all the members of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis and the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore will see it through.

It's Demand on Skills and Resources

One may ask, 'Has such a project not been done before?'. A good question. How can such a need in the society not been addressed before? Lot of efforts have been taken, but they are not enough A number of camp surgeries have been conducted for the care of burn contractures and many continue to be done. In these camps only minor problems can be addressed with small procedures. That leaves a huge group of patients unanswered and it is to these unfortunate patients "Hope after Fire" provides hope.

It needs a highly motivated and skilled team to do such reconstructions. The Plastic Surgery team at Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India headed by Dr Raja Sabapathy, who is also a Rotarian is highly regarded by their peers for their commitment to work and outcomes achieved. The entire team is fully geared to make this project a success, 'no matter what it takes to get there...'

Since most reconstructions need multiple stages, the project is resource intensive. The members of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis and the whole Presidential line up of Rtn Rathan Chand, Rtn Hemant Shah, Rtn AVM Vijayakumar and Project Coordinator Rtn Ramesh Veeraraghavan are committed to the project.

It's a test on our ability to 'run the marathon': People like Babu, Nancy, Kadirvel and all the children whose stories we have featured in this website do need frequent follow up, some touch up procedures, long term physiotherapy, splints to maintain the gains of surgery and last but not the least psychological support and help towards gainful employment. They all need an address to come back to and an institution which will be committed to their care. Ganga Hospital, is committed to take care of them. This project is not a 100 metres sprint, it is a marathon that we are taking up.

It's a Project Where We Can See Results

It is a project which visibly changes the course of people's lives. The outcome is obvious and a donor can be sure that his contribution has gone to a right cause.

Deformity due to spilling of boiling water on Baby Mayil Vannan's Left Hand.

Below are the Post Operative Pictures of him using his hand.

When we treat a child we change the life of the family...

Every Rupee Travels a Long Mile

Many charity projects have been evaluated on the return on investment scale. It has been found that the return on investment in correcting post burn deformities is 13:1. This is based on using the GNI/capita (Atlas Method, UNICEF) and the World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease Study statistics on productive years lost due to certain diseases (DALYS).

This is a very conservative estimate and assumes the patient has regained 25% of his / her functionality in many cases, the patients are completely 'cured' and they go back to productive lives.

You can be sure that every rupee you donate goes to a good and worthy cause.

The Journey So Far

Since the project got off in March 2012, we have had a great opportunity to change the lives of lot of deserving people

As on 31st May 2019

Total number of Patients treated 462
Total number of Surgical procedures 765
Total Project Value Rs 38.75 million

Beneficiaries Meet

When we reached the milestone of 100 surgeries, we held a beneficiaries meet with the Rotarians. The patients shared their thoughts as to how the project made a difference in their lives and profusely thanked the Rotary and Plastic Surgery team of Ganga Hospital for making it possible.

It is all about changing lives, you can be a part of it. We need you to participate in this journey.

A journey which provides hope to people in despair. If you would like to contribute please contact

Rtn. Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy
Project Chairman - Hope After Fire,
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery,
Ganga Medical Centre & Hospitals Pvt Ltd,
313, Mettupalayam Road,
Coimbatore - 641 043,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel (O): +91-422-248 5000.

Chairman, Fund Mobilisation
Rtn. Ramesh Veeraraghavan
5B, Block-D,5th Floor,
Cyprus Oaks Apartments,
Puliakulam Road,
Coimbatore - 641 037,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Mob: +91 97515 76946.

Administrative Office
Rtn. PHF. Tharun R. Shah
17, Remy Layout,
Bharathi Park 3rd Cross Road,
Saibaba Colony,
Coimbatore - 641 043.
Tamil Nadu, India.
Mob: +91 98422 44040.

Please visit us if you are in Coimbatore to meet the beneficiaries. Each one of them has a story to tell. We feel that we have been blessed that we could be of help to them.