Ophthalmology Mission to Ecuador
Organized by: David Fell
Breakdown of costs:
$150 Application Fee
$100 Airline Deposit
$80 Tips and Insurance
This summer I will be traveling to Ecuador with some classmates, third year medical students, physicians, optometry students, nurses and technicians to bring free health care to a community in need. Specifically, we will be doing cataract surgery as well as giving out glasses, general internal medicine, ob/gyn, dermatology and pediatrics. Unfortunately, the funding the trip sometimes receives for our travel did not come through this year and we are financing the trip entirely on our own.
Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible blindness in the world and something people no longer go blind from in the US because of surgical advances. It is simply a matter of access. International medical missions like these help bring neccessary health care that we take for granted every day to communities that simply do not have access. They are also invaluable learning opportunities for students, exposing us to situations we never have to face in our training in the US and giving us hands-on experience that will make us better physicians in the future. Because of all the work and travel that goes into them, they are also incredibly expensive. Especially for students.
Any and all support is greatly appreciated!
Here's the link to the organization, in case you're interested (I know it's called A Promise to Peru and we're going to Ecuador. They're expanding.): http://www.apromisetoperu.org/