How are you different from other organizations?
Many organizations focus on fixing acute problems, but because of lack of a consistent primary care provider there is no one there on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis for the patients to follow up with. We try to prevent disease before it starts. We focus on children and their communities. We also try to subsidize part of the RNs trip. These three components set us apart from the majority of existing non-profits.
Who do you help?
We mainly focus our efforts in orphanages and schools, and so our largest population are the children. After we have helped the kids, we then go into the outlying communities to help the elderly, mothers needing lactation consulting, and expecting mothers needing prenatal screening or education. We also do extensive teaching to the communities so that our education efforts reach hundreds of people every trip.
What do you do?
We focus on preventing disease. We accomplish this through eye exams, physicals, immunizations, nutrition screenings, workshops, and classes on topics such a proper hygiene, reproductive health, lactation needs, and zika prevention. Many health conditions require follow up, but we recognize that if these health conditions can be prevented in the first place then the health of not only a generation, but of a nation can be improved. For the conditions that need follow-up we have partnered with either a clinic, hospital, or doctor in the area to refer the patient to so that they can continue to receive the care they need.
Where do you go?
We will focus our efforts in third world countries. We are currently planning and/or talking with orphanages, clinics, shelters, and schools in; Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia,and the Philippines. If you know of any site that might need our assistance please e-mail us with the information.
How do you help?
Preventative care and education means anything from vaccines, vision exams, to teaching proper sanitation practices such as the importance of washing your hands after using the bathroom, or after handling raw meat, or not disposing of trash and/or feces in your fresh water supply. We team up with local doctors and clinics, for those in need of follow-up. The organization provides the funds or supplies necessary to help the people in these circumstances.
How much does one mission trip cost?
Most trips have been calculated to cost between $10,000-$20,000 depending on the length, number of people, supplies needed and location. That breaks down to somewhere between $1000-$2000 per person. However, the trips will be subsidized for the volunteers, and we hope that no nurse will ever have to pay more than $500 for a trip. The more donations we receive the more we can help those that need it most.