Understanding the long-term impact surgery has on our patients lives is an important aspect of our work. We aim to provide patients who receive treatment for complex disfigurement with comprehensive care which includes remote follow up assessments, conducted by our network of Programme Oficcers who are stationed across Ethiopia. In 2017 we conducted a thourough review of our previous patients to learn how surgery had shaped their lives and how they were progressing. We were able to review 84 previous patients. Each patient was interviewed about the outcomes of their surgery, both from a medical and a social perspective.

The vast majority of the patients reported that they were pleased with the outcome of their surgery. Most patients reported experiencing no further stigma or bullying and being able to engage socially for the first time. Some had secured a job and even married.