Thursday, August 16, 2012

Medical Brigade

This week we hosted two teams, one from our very own home church, Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church, and another great group from Florida which consisted of an MD, Physician Assistant (PA) Instructors, and many PA students.  We broke the week up by hosting 2 medical clinics in the community of La Fe, and 2 medical clinics in the community of Armenia Bonito.  On top of the clinics, we continued with our on-going ministry of English Class and Kids Club.

patient education in La Fe

Provider station in La Fe

Provider station in Armenia Bonito

Taking kids to the river in Armenia Bonito
About half of what I do in my weekly clinic is patient education.  I really feel the only way to change a community is through good, basic, general education.  So, this was a great opportunity for the students to do teaching of their own.  I had them focus on water purification through the SODIS process (a plastic bottle, UV rays, and 6 hours is all you need), healthy eating, dental health, and parasite prevention.  They did a great job!  They did the education at both communities.  Total for the week they saw over 323 patients.  Meanwhile, the group from our home church continued building on the house for the sweet family of Oneyda, Carolina, and Samuel.  GREAT job gang!

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