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We are Kids Operating Room

More children die every year from surgically treatable injuries than from malaria, HIV and TB combined. A reality we are working hard to change.

We are a Scottish charity who works in countries where demand is overwhelming. Working directly with local surgeons and their teams to create fully-equipped operating rooms for children. Enabling those teams to use their dedication and talents to treat greater numbers of children, transforming lives one operation at a time.


Your Gift Can Save a Child’s Life

$40 can help put children at ease by providing sets of LEGO for the waiting and recovery areas

$100 can give a child a lifesaving operation

$250 can provide a ‘play pack’ of colourful tables and chairs, as well as books, crayons and LEGO

$500 can monitor for unsafe changes in a child’s condition with a pulse oximeter

$1300 can prevent unsafe changes to a child’s body temperature with a patient warming system

But gifts of all sizes make a big difference! Thank you for your kind support.

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The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to designate KidsOR as a directed giving project of the Foundation. The American-Scottish Foundation is a non profit 501c3 organization and all donations made through the Foundation are tax deductible in the United States to the extent of the law.

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A message from David Cunningham
Chief Executive, Kids Operating Room
November 30th, 2021

I write to you at an incredibly exciting time for Kids Operating Room: we are just days away from installing our 50th Operating Room dedicated to children’s surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana.

When we embarked on our mission to transform children’s surgery, installing 50 Operating Rooms felt like a dream. I sit in Edinburgh today reflecting on what we have achieved and the work we still have to do.

50 Operating Rooms will give 30,000 children lifesaving or life-changing care every year.

For these children, appendicitis is no longer a matter of life or death, and a broken arm will no longer mean a lifetime of disability. Each of these Operating Rooms will help children, communities and countries provide sustainable care for years to come.

Building a better future.

The reason we reach these incredible milestones is because we are absolutely committed to our mission of giving every child access to safe surgery.

Today, 10 out of 11 children live in a country lacking the dedicated facilities they need. Together, we must do more for them. 

That’s why, in 2022, we have plans to:

  • Install 26 new Operating Rooms in Africa
  • Begin training 20 pediatric surgeons
  • Implement our expansion plans in South America, starting in Bolivia

You can help us get there. By donating to Kids Operating Room via the American Scottish Foundation this Giving Tuesday, you can put lifesaving tools in lifesaving hands.

  • $65 can give a child a lifesaving operation
  • $250 can monitor for unsafe changes in a child’s condition with a pulse oximeter
  • $1,100 can prevent unsafe changes to a child’s body temperature with a patient warming system.
Please consider making your directed giving donating today by giving below.

Yours sincerely,
David Cunningham



In Conversation with David Cunningham CEO, Kids Operating Room

The American-Scottish Foundation’s podcast “#SCOTSinUS” recently held a conversation with David Cunningham CEO, Kids Operating Room as we learn of the work of this Scottish charity who are bring children access to life-changing and life-saving surgery from Africa to Latin America, transforming the lives of vulnerable children.


Here are the locations where we have already installed operating rooms for children – but we need many more!

Case Study

Tamandani

Tamandani was three and eating roasted corn when she accidentally inhaled a piece of corn into her lung. At first her parents thought she was ok, but when she suddenly couldn’t breathe properly her Mum and Dad raced to get her to a hospital.

By the time Tamandani arrived at the hospital she was fighting to breathe, and just before she reached the operating room she stopped breathing completely.

Tamandani is alive today because Kids Operating Room provided a piece of equipment called a bronchoscope to Dr Nandi and his team at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. The bronchoscope enabled Dr Nandi to see into the lung and pinpoint then remove the maize kernel.

Before we installed the new paediatric operating room at Kamuzu Central Hospital, families with a desperately ill child would be forced to travel 200 miles to the larger hospital in Blantyre. Tamandani would not have survived that journey to Blantyre.

Tamandani’s mother Eunice said:
‘‘Tamandani was eating roasted corn and she choked. At first, we thought she was fine and that the piece had come out, she was playing. But a few hours later she started having problems breathing. Her condition was getting worse and we had to come to the hospital.

When we met the doctors, they said that Tamandani would need to have surgery. Then she stopped breathing. I thought we would lose her. In the operating room the surgeon managed to remove the corn and get her breathing again.

We would have lost our child if we had had to travel to Blantyre.

We thank KidsOR. Our child has been saved."

Your gift can save a child’s life

The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to designate KidsOR as a directed giving project of the Foundation. The American-Scottish Foundation is a non profit 501c3 organization and all donations made through the Foundation are tax deductible in the United States to the extent of the law.

For A Downloadable PDF Donation Mail In Form Click Here

Before and After

Here are some of the incredible transformations. Every day, around the world there are parents breathing a sign of relief these facilities exist and surgical teams delighted to be re-writing the future for their patients.

Peru

Upcoming Projects

We have so much more work to do and there are many ways you can become involved! We will soon be installing the first paediatric operating room in a refugee camp, Kakuma in Northern Kenya.

We have recently announced a partnership with Smile Train which will bring 20 more operating rooms to children in Africa in the next year.

But there are millions more children who need our help. Can you become a friend of Kids Operating Room and help us to bring safe surgery to every child?

Your Gift Can Save a Child’s Life

$65 can give a child a life-saving operation.

$250 will provide a heart monitor to check a child’s heart rate after an operation.

$300 will provide surgeons enough life-saving PPE equipment for 150 operations

$1100 will provide a patient warming system to regulate a child’s body temperature after surgery.

But gifts of all sizes make a big difference! Thank you for your kind support.

Choose a Donation Amount
(from the drop-down menu)

KidsOr Programs
Make a Donation
of your Choice



The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to designate KidsOR as a directed giving project of the Foundation. The American-Scottish Foundation is a non profit 501c3 organization and all donations made through the Foundation are tax deductible in the United States to the extent of the law.

A Downloadable PDF Mail In Form Click Here

Case Study

Baby Ronald

Ronald is just 3 weeks old. He was born in Uganda, about 50 miles away from the capital, Kampala.

Baby Ronald was born with a blockage in his intestines. He wasn’t able to feed properly and was not able to keep milk down. Without an operation to remove the blockage he would have continued to lose weight and would not survive.

Ronald’s mother had taken him to a hospital near to their home but they were not able to treat him because they did not have any surgical tools for operating on babies. His mother brought him to the Mulagao National Referral and Teaching hospital in Kampala.

By the time they arrived there Ronald’s mother was extremely worried for her newborn baby.

Dr Nasser Kakembo is the paediatric surgeon at the Mulagao hospital. He is one of only four paediatric surgeons in Uganda looking after a population of 20 million children.

Kids Operating Room installed three new operating rooms in Dr Kakembo’s hospital in December 2019.

Dr Kakembo operated on baby Ronald and was able to remove the blockage using the right instruments designed for surgery on new born babies. With the right equipment and the skill of Dr Kakembo Ronald has had a successful operation.

Ronald will now leave hospital and will be able to feed properly, he will be able to grow up. With your help we can save the lives of more babies just like Ronald.

Latest News

Covid has had a massive impact on children in Africa and Latin America who need surgery. The restrictions to hospital schedules and transport mean that less than three in a hundred children are getting the surgery they need.

You can read more about how KidsOR are working to change this here:

Kids Operating Room announce partnership to build 20 more operating rooms in Africa with Cleft charity Smile Train.

Read more here