Dr. David Burgess gave a presentation Thursday afternoon at the Waynesboro Rotary Club on Thursday afternoon at the Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro.
Burgess, a longtime Waynesboro resident who has been in practice in the Valley for more than 20 years, has recently given over his time to mission work overseas helping those in need. Along with his wife, Margie, the Waynesboro orthopaedic surgeon has spent the past two years in Malawi, Africa, working closely in partnership with CURE International and SIM (Serving In Mission) to help treat children with deformities, disabilities and those in need of surgery.
Burgess just returned from Malawi and is preparing to head back for another year.
“The country is beautiful,” said Burgess. “But the beauty can hide the suffering, human cost and poverty.”
Burgess said he has about another year to help in a country ravished by AIDS, Malaria and a high infant mortality rate. The life expectancy there is 43 years of age, with little to no doctors and children facing an uphill struggle just to survive.
On Thursday, Burgess spoke to the Waynesboro Country Club about the needs of his mission and the country of Malawi and working toward a partnership and finding a long-lasting sustainable project to aid the needy.
Burgess said training and new equipment could be counted among the top needs for the CURE facility in Malawi. With most of the country without electricity and running water, maintaining surgical equipment and training staff are of a high priority.
Burgess said the rotary clubs are known for being active internationally, supportive of those in need and working to improve the lives of people through sustainable projects.
Burgess said he hoped people, through working with the rotary club and raising their awareness of the plight overseas, would expand their worldview and see there are those in need of a prayer and an extra hand.