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Medical Mission Trip: Dominican Republic May 11 - 18, 2019

Loveland, Colorado 

11-02-2019

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ABOUT THE MISSION TRIP

trip_InfoAboutThe Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is also a country where water supply, deforestation, and soil erosion are posing a great threat to the country. The coral reefs surrounding the island are also in harm's way, decreasing the fish that the people of the coastal regions need to survive. 30% of the population is unemployed and more than 20% of the workforce is underemployed. The poor water quality throughout the island is responsible for many health problems and increasing infectious disease. More than 2 million Haitian immigrants, most of them undocumented, live in the Dominican Republic working in high labor, low wage, unskilled jobs and receiving no services from the government. This is why International Medical Relief has been invited to provide care for the people of the Dominican Republic who can't access care. ·

ABOUT CLINIC

trip_InfoClinicIMR will be traveling to villages surrounding the province to provide patients with much needed health care services, dental care, and education and medications. We will care for families, the elderly, refugee workers, and more. All community members are invited to attend and even those who are there for the training and education on health topics will come with their families for guidance in how to stay healthy and care for their children. This area lacks clean water and we anticipate treating a lot of diseases as a result of this. Various skin infections, respiratory infections, fungal infections and infectious diseases are all common to the area.

TRANSPORTATION & LODGING

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will be staying in modest, dormatory-like housing that is safe and clean. You will fly into Santo Domingo and meet your transportation to our base camp. If you fly on the group ticket, all transportation will be arranged; if you are taking advantage of the amazing opportunity to extend your stay for the golf, beaches, or mountains by flying independently (and we hope you do!), we'll help you arrange your transportation as required or add you to the group transportation for a small fee.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

trip_InfoHighlightsWhile the highlight of this trip will be with the patients that you care for, the team will also have the opportunity to participate in the local culture in town some evenings. You'll have some time to make new friends in the village where you are based, practice your Spanish, and maybe even learn some village dances or games! Don't forget your baseball glove, cleats, and favorite bat (just kidding about the bat!) - baseball is more than a national past time; it is the passion of the Dominican Republic and the heart of the community. Let's play ball!!

EXTEND YOUR STAY

trip_InfoExtendedStayJoin IMR on an exclusive extension of nearby Dominican Republic! Spend five perfect days in the unexpected tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, a country known for its warm people, lush mountain scenery and of course beaches galore. Wander charming cobblestone streets and discover the history of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas. Explore the country’s mysterious caverns and lush subtropical rainforests. Play in the sand on miles of pristine beaches and discover the underwater beauty of lively coral reefs. Steeped in history, with a delightful blend of traditional and modern, it’s a no-brainer why the Dominican Republic has become a hotspot for tourists from all over the world.

Trip Link: https://www.internationalmedicalrelief.org/medical-missions/dominican-republic-3/
Donation required for participation

About International

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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