IMR Trinidad and Tobago Nov 1-8,2019

Loveland, Colorado 80537

3-10-2019

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Come and join the IMR team as we continue our work with our Trinidadian and Tobagonian partners to help improve the quality of life for this incredible nation. Upon arrival, the locals will proudly welcome you with their bright, Caribbean spirit. During your visit, you will enjoy authentic cuisine that is comparable to Creole, but made with local, bold spices. 

While both islands are known for their magnificent beaches and mountain views, Trinidad’s is home to boisterous carnivals and calypso music while the smaller Tobago boasts a Forest Reserve that provides a haven for many species of bird. No matter which island you are one, you can embark on incredible snorkeling trips, see old pirate bays, and explore sunken ships and reefs.
In Trinidad and Tobago, there are not enough healthcare providers or facilities to serve the population.  While the island does have health centers, many are understaffed and undersupplied and although though most of the existing healthcare services are free, patients are frequently unable to obtain care, even on an emergency basis. To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, IMR sends volunteers to remote areas of the country to provide quality health care and medical services. Our mobile clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations.  

You and the rest of the volunteer team will educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses including dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. However, one of the major focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, demand for dental care will be high. Another focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives. We expect a high patient load in the highly populated slum communities we will be serving in. With 1.2 million people and a population density of 266 per sq. km, and only 1 doctor per 1,000 people, our services are needed!
 
Our patients are the highlight of every IMR mission!  Quality of life has been compromised for many island residents, but Hypertension, Diabetes, TB, and HIV are treatable, and you will be directly responsible for positively changing the lives of these patients! 

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of Trinidad and Tobago, your team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the country’s top destinations. Since this is one of the most beautiful places in the world, you will experience mouth-watering cuisine, stunning white-sand beaches, and local marine life.  

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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