Medical, Dental & Optical MISSION TRIPS
Teaming our volunteers with local doctors and nurses that know most about the region and culture, we facilitate medical - dental mission trips involving free clinics to communities with little access or funds to obtain care. We commonly offer these clinics on-the-go to reach the most remote areas, where some have never seen a doctor or dentist or received an immunization. Our participants must be ready to take on anything, from clinic set-up and take-down to working in the pharmacy, translating, making house visits or referring patients that require better diagnosis, hospitalization or surgery to facilities outside of their village. We then document and analyze our diagnoses and treatments, returning to the same areas year after year to encourage preventative health and study progress. Where suitable, we donate dental and medical supplies to local clinics to help maintain good health and hygiene after our volunteers leave.
Sustainable Public Health Programs
After thorough investigation, we look to take on the root causes of ailments. Often, cultural norms, education, or economics lead to poor drinking water or unsanitary conditions that exacerbate many of the health and nutrition problems thriving in these communities. We, as visitors, are a part of the problem when we don't clean up after ourselves or set a bad example. At MMI, we promote responsible habits through public health campaigns that will help rid these communities of problems such as parasites, microbial infections and tooth decay. In many communities, discouraging the spread of disease is as simple as locating latrines further from water sources and remembering to wash hands. Other times it may require creative solutions to reduce these problems effectively. With the goal of long-term sustainability, we will always ask locals to take a vested interest in their future health. We also look for solutions that use as few resources as possible to provide a green and cost-effective answer to community health problems.
SHARED KNOWLEDGE & Awareness
Both our host communities and our volunteers benefit from a shared learning experience. We involve local community members and medical personnel in the planning and execution of our projects to encourage the exchange of knowledge and enable long-term self-sufficiency. Our volunteers are exposed to little understood situations overseas involving discrimination and poverty. And perhaps the biggest benefit of all, both our communities and our volunteers come away with the awareness of our shared human spirit that will last a lifetime.
As the mountains are often inherently earthquake prone, we will recruit experts and volunteers for medical clinics, cleanup, and recovery construction efforts in response to natural disasters. While disaster recovery is not our area of expertise, we spent a good amount of time supporting Pisco, Peru in 2007-8 donating food, medicines and supplies while partnering with expert organizations on scene to help improve health and sanitary conditions.