On occasion we like to provide an update on various missions we are considering. The process of selecting a viable destination is varied depending on the needs of the area, donations/sponsors, and volunteers. Below are various missions the organization is currently reviewing. Volunteers and healthcare professionals are always welcomed!
*Malawi:is one of the poorest countries in the world. Recently it has received international attention due to an adoption by Madonna. While her organization has provided resources to Malawi, the suffering rages on. Nyhota Koto District Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) are two hospitals that were introduced to our organization. Recently’s KCH has received its first laparoscopy device. This medical system will decrease the length of hospital stay, pain, and acquired infections.
*Kenya: Kitale District Hospital located in central Kenya is the primary hospital in the area. Currently the hospital is expanding to meet the needs of the county. Areas such as West Poko, Marinda Sabwani, Bikeke village, Sikhendu, Naitiri, Koilel and Hututu are so remote and poor that medical and dental care is sparse. The orphanages, whose capacity is ever increasing, due to the loss of one of both parents, is in dire need of medical and dental care. In this area diseases that are innocuous in the developed world have the potential to wreak havoc here. They would like us to assist them in building a medical clinic. In addition to providing physical examinations, immunizations, and dentistry this would be a real experience for our volunteers. In time, we would write a grant for the creation of medical facility and possibly partner with an organization that builds clinics.
*Philippines:Still recovering from the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, medicine and fresh water remain top priorities. Organizations such as USAID and Doctors without Borders have been on the ground since have been since day one. Along with the generous International support, the recovery is underway. We are currently accessing their need for the medical services we provide.
*Haiti: The damage from the earthquake was extensive and deadly. If you land in Haiti today the effects are still vivid. While the International community has pitched in, there is still much to be accomplished. We are currently accessing their need for the medical services we provide.
*Tanzania: Recently we were made aware of Geita district Hospital. Their campaign to increase maternal awareness is currently underway. EPHC is the acronym for Enhancing Primary Health Care. Their quest is to promote the well being of mother and child through creating health awareness which would promote and enhance better quality and safer health care for women and children in the Tanzania. We are looking into donating medical equipment and supplies to this hospital. A Rhode Island Obstetrician, which has previously worked with one of our team members, travels to Tanzania for one month each year. He has been performing gynecologic surgery in Tanzania for years. We are exploring the possibility of sending our team members to assist and expand their medical, dental, and surgical capabilities. . We were also informed on the work performed by Dr. Karen Yeates who has been working to improve women’s health in Tanzania. She is the founder of the Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center which is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.
*Native American Reservations: Last month YOCAMA lead a collaborative effort for the annual Navajo Head Start screenings in New Mexico. In a few weeks they will travel to Montana (Blackfeet Reservation ). We would love to provide health care professionals and volunteers to this humanitarian effort.