South Africa June 15, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Loveland, Colorado 80537

18-01-2017

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About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutSituated on the southern tip of the continent of Africa, 'Sunny South Africa' as it is known provides you with not only a love for the people and culture but also the amazing world class safaris, and this trip includes all of this and more. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades which can be enjoyed after an arduous day of clinic. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. Previous teams have enjoyed the tribal Zulu cultural dance performances native to the area.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicTwenty years into South Africa's democracy public health issues remain a challenge in epic proportions. While the public health system serves a large part of the country it is largely underfunded and under constant strain. The system is largely a two-tiered system where in large portions of communities people have no access to healthcare. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. The team will be working is several wonderful communities varying from refugees, to tribal communities to rural areas without access to health care. Almost everyone who lives in these areas is poor, and some live in abject poverty. Children sometimes come to clinic as the head of their household because parents may have passed away or are otherwise ill. Healthcare is a main concern and the communities the team will be visiting are certainly part of the challenge faced by this country. Reflections about our medical clinic from previous team members: It's been great making a difference in the small communities here. The major problems that we have seen in patients are rooted in lifestyle issues and HIV. It seems the local health structures are doing good deal of work when it comes to HIV, which is reassuring. The experience here has been awesome so far! --Alvin, MD The South African communities have been very welcoming and appreciative of the care they are receiving. The team had the opportunity to provide health education in regards to diabetes, hypertension, respiratory illness, and safe sex practices. We are excited about what the upcoming clinic days will encompass, too! --Megan, Nurse Practitioner As a pediatric provider, the kids here have been happy and wonderful as always! Other than common ear infections, rashes, and upper respiratory infections, I had one little three-year-old girl who would only drink sugar water and wouldn't eat anything else--but after some simple nutrition education, hopefully there will be some good change for her. It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. Definitely one of my favorite parts! --Michelle, Nurse Practitioner

Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingLodging in this popular beachside city offers a great opportunity for the team to enjoy not only their hotel but also the culture after clinic. The quaint hotel is nestled in the shopping district and near a golf club is the perfect home for our IMR. After clinic, rest in one of the lounge areas or out at the hotel swimming pool. The hotel includes free wifi and refreshment station in your room. Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms offer private space for personal time after hours to rejuvenate. Near a lot of activities and being a popular tourist town there is so much to take in for those wanting to take in more of the culture. Rooms for families and couples are also available, and we will match your rooming requests if you are traveling with friends. The team will eat breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant while lunch will be served at the clinic sites. Enjoy this beautiful accommodation on this special IMR Signature Trip.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsSAFARI & ZULU DANCING! The team also had a fantastic excursion day to the most reknown safari game reserve of this region! Last year IMR spotted rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, gnu (wildebeests), hippos, and African buffalos (which look similar to Asian water buffalos, but are not directly related)! Upon returning to the city on their excursion day, the team happened upon a Zulu dance performance and had a great meal in a cafe by the Indian Ocean. They had time to relax and explore the area, do some shopping, and see lots of local artwork. We've included some photos from the team on the link to IMR's South Africa album on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalMedicalRelief/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1200728993292014! Enjoy!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySAFARIS, WINELANDS, GREAT WHITE SHARKS 7 MORE! South Africa is a country as culturally and geographically diverse as its eleven national languages, which represent a societal melting pot of indigenous Africans, Indian immigrants, English, and Afrikaners. Situated at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa borders the Atlantic and Indian oceans with its vast plains and desert mountains stretching inland. From the big game viewing in numerous tented safari camps at Kruger National Park, the pretty Winelands and cosmopolitan Cape Town, getting up close and personal with a great white shark on the southern tip, to the dramatic Garden Route and the atmospheric battlefields, South Africa’s variety is thoroughly captivating.

About Medical Relief

International Medical Relief (IMR) is a registered 501(c)(3) medical organization with NGO status based in the United States. We provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to underserved communities in 40 countries around the world.

IMR offers short-term assignments for volunteer medical professionals and dental professionalsstudents, and non-medical volunteers to conduct medical and dental clinics that provide free, expert care and health education in areas where it is limited or difficult to obtain. We make all arrangements for our volunteers, including transportation, lodging/meals, government permits, and clinic logistics. We secure equipment, supplies, and medicines from within the United States through partnerships with pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, hospitals, and other health and development organizations. We provide this service without compensation or discrimination, and irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.

IMR was founded on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of select nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. We undertake our work to include some of the millions of people who have been excluded from today’s healthcare systems worldwide.

IMR contributes to the world’s communities by improving the overall health and wellness of the people via medical diagnosis and treatment, partnerships with local medical designees, community training, and fostering the principles of prevention.

OUR MISSION
To provide access to health care in underserved and vulnerable communities around the world to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need.

OUR VISION
To be the preeminent global nonprofit health provider that will create, sustain, and enhance global community health status by providing compassionate, responsive, and high quality services.

OPERATIONS
International Medical Relief promotes the well-being of underdeveloped communities through a comprehensive continuum of services provided in collaboration with partners. These services are accomplished through three main functions of the organization:

HEALTH CARE SERVICES
IMR provides free health care services, medicines, and supplies to entire communities, particularly to community members who are sick or frail, especially poor, or at great risk of ill health and disease. To foster community interaction and development, we begin each clinic with team members’ introduction to community leaders and members and proceed through pre-arranged logistics. Locations for clinic can vary from community hospitals to small clinics, health posts, and temporary areas set up in a village, or even in individual homes reached by trekking from village to village for house calls. We work with our hosts and the local Ministry of Health to determine the best way to reach the most vulnerable and those most in need.

Our volunteer medical and dental providers diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions, typically while being shadowed by student volunteers who learn in the process. We commonly treat patients suffering from respiratory infections, malaria, urinary tract infections, pain, moderate and severe dehydration, headaches, parasites, dermatological infections, and wounds. Common wounds include those from snake bites, motor vehicle accidents, and agricultural accidents, such as goat bites. We may conduct minor surgical procedures on abscesses, jiggers and other burrowing parasites, or large wounds.  Many of the illnesses we diagnose are the result of a lack of clean water, sanitary conditions, and education.
We commonly treat patients suffering from dermatological infections, impetigo, scabies and staph infections, some of which are highly contagious. We conduct minor surgical procedures on abscesses or lesions needing sutures.

Our medical teams enhance direct patient care through our comprehensive laboratory and wound care stations. We can typically provide rapid testing for pregnancy, malaria, strep A, HIV, and hemoglobin. The wound care station includes specialty dressings, cleaning supplies, and suturing materials.

We also provide a privacy area for examinations, IM injections, and mental health counseling. An in-clinic ICU for oral and IV hydration and observing patients completes the clinic.

Because our teams are staffed by volunteers, every team looks different and has different capabilities. We frequently have pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious disease, pain management (including acupuncture and chiropractic providers), physical medicine, geriatrics, family practice, and mental health providers on our trips. Our dental teams often include oral surgeons, general or specialized dentists, and certified dental hygienists and assistants. Technical providers such as respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists often accompany us as well.

For patients who require care beyond the scope of what we are able to provide, we do our best to get them to the nearest medical facility for treatment.

During each clinic, basic equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies are used in clinic and then donated to trained local health care workers within recipient communities to be distributed, free of charge, as diagnosed needs arise. Our medicine and supply donations occur as a result of IMR partnerships with pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, as well as donations from area hospitals and clinics. These resources are lifesaving.

EDUCATION
Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.
Community classes focus on prevention and run throughout the clinic day. They might include basic first aid, clean water, breathing solutions, hand washing, infectious diseases, dehydration, smoking, and simple treatments for chronic ailments affecting the community. Clean water, basic hygiene, and nutritional tips

The medical exchange component of education is critical for the continuum of care outside of our visit. IMR provides technical expertise to local medical professionals through a partnership with them in diagnostics and treatment, and through a mutual exchange of ideas. During our clinics, doctors, nurses, dentists and other volunteers work side by side with the host community’s own medical and health professionals for a collaborative exchange of modern and traditional means of healing.
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Loveland, CO, United States

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