AD's Medical Mission(s)
Organized by: AD Hammershaimb
My call to a career in medicine is really part of a greater call to serve the poor in the developing world. Since the beginning of my journey to becoming a doctor, I have dreamed of going on a medical mission. I have finally taken the plunge and signed up to join a 1-week trip to Haïti with a Philadelphia-area church from February 20-27.
Every year, St. Norbert's parish sends a team to a church in Port-au-Prince, Haïti to run a week-long free clinic. Volunteers live at the church with the priests, and each volunteer brings 2 duffel bags filled with medications to stock their pharmacy for 3 months until another local church sends another team. Over the course of 4 days, the providers see ~600 patients, many of whom walk for miles and wait hours in line just to be seen.
My goal is to raise $2000, of which $1500 will cover the cost of my flight, room and board, and 2 duffel bags' worth of medications for the patients. Another $500 will cover the cost of my supplies for the trip, including clothing that I will pretreat with permethrin, wear during the trip, and then leave behind for the host parish to donate to the very same people I will be serving. (For those who don't know, permethrin is what is used to treat bed nets for prevention of bites by mosquitoes that carry malaria. The treatment will last through 6 washes, so whomever inherits my clothing will have additional protection against malaria, chikungunya, dengue, and zika virus.)
Thank you for supporting my medical mission! My thoughts and prayers will be with you every step of the way.
Picture courtesy of the CIA World Factbook