Medical Mission In Ecuador
Organized by: Nicole Golbari
EVENT DATE Jun 14, 2015
Hi Friends and Family!
This summer I am going to Ecuador on an Ophthalmologic Mission with Stony Brook Medicine's 'A Promise to Peru' (please disregard the irony). This is my first medical mission, but I am very excited to have this hands on experience in global health. Please take the time to read about the mission's goals and history below.
Any donation that you can make will make a significant difference.
Thank you all so much!
A Promise to Peru, Inc., is teaming up with Blanca's House to provide support to the neediest patients in Guayaquil, Ecuador. During the week of June 15, 2015, our medical team, consisting of a variety of health care professionals and students, will be coordinating outreach to patients for surgery and medical care, as well as focusing on the long term follow up care of these patients with local physicians. All of these services will be provided free of charge to the patient
El Centro Misionero de Salud “Maria Leonor Aguiar” is the clinic where our medical team will host clinics of various subspecialties such as ophthalmology, dermatology, infectious disease, women’s health, pediatrics, ultrasonography and general medicine. It will also be the location where our ophthalmologists will perform cataract surgery.
The funds from this fundraiser will be used to cover travel and accommodation costs for medical students on this mission!
A Promise to Peru, Inc., organizes physicians and other health professionals from across the NY metropolitan area and around the United States who donate their time and talents towards this effort. They also mentor medical students from Stony Brook, Robert Wood Johnson and Columbia University, State University of New York optometry students, pharmacology, public health students and undergraduate students from various universities. These students assist the physicians and nurses in their treatment of the hundreds of patients seen daily.
Since the non-profit’s inception in 2011, the medical team has accomplished:
7,000 medical exams on patients in remote villages, orphanages and schools
100 Portable ultrasonography examinations
2,100 patients examined in the eye clinic
Approximately 200 sight restoring surgical procedures performed
3,700 pairs of glasses administered
This summer’s mission to Ecuador will consists of 54 participants and over 50 pieces of luggage packed with supplies, medications and equipment, most of which donated from many local businesses and private people. A portable full-service eye and medical clinic as well as a portable operating room will be transported via commercial airline. Over the course of their one week mission they will diagnose and surgically remove cataracts and as well as provide general healthcare to the communities including: pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, gynecology, nephrology and ultrasonography.