The WorldCF suspends all travel during the COVID-19 pandemic
The World Craniofacial Foundation has made the decision to cancel all non-emergency travel worldwide until further notice. That pertains to patient and family travel as well as travel by foundation volunteers and staff.
This action has temporarily halted our vital work treating needy children around the world who have severe craniofacial abnormalities. During this time, our goal is to keep our young patients safe and medically stable until we can get them cared for surgically, and also to offer them and their families hope and emotional support while we wait for the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic to pass.
Our highest priority is patient and family safety, but in these complex times we worry about everyone, especially those who help us serve those in need. I’m available to provide medical recommendations to all our friends who are concerned about their personal safety and what to do during this pandemic. In
the next few days, I’ll also post on the foundation’s Facebook page my insights on how best to stay safe in the days and months ahead.
We are committed to ensuring that our medical and surgical teams at centers around the world stay healthy, too, and that they are ready to return to their heroic work when it is safe. We know that there will be a backlog of cases urgently needing our attention when we begin to travel again, and our
resources will be stretched to the maximum. It is encouraging to us all—especially the frightened parents who have turned to us for help—to know that people like you continue to care deeply and send us your prayers and financial assistance. If you can help now, please click here.
We hope this interruption will be short-lived and we will alert you the moment we decide that travel can commence again. In the meantime, please visit the WorldCF Facebook page if you have questions, want to learn more about our response to this crisis, or want to safely engage with others who share your concerns.
We are grateful to you all. We wish everyone the best of health, and may God bless us, our critical work, and these very special children,
Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D.