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HONDURAS 2020

 

Participating in a MedWish Medical Brigade is a wonderful way to give your time, talents, and compassion to those in need. During this Brigade, participants will be serving the local community and surrounding area of Nuevo Paraiso, Honduras. We hope you will join us!

Both medical personnel and non-medical volunteers are welcome on this trip; however, to ensure that there are enough medical personnel to run a successful clinic, a number of spaces are reserved for medical professionals. Registration is first come first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

If you would like to join us, please review this information carefully.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Registration closes on Sunday, March 1st. Registration is first come first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

If you have any questions, contact Britta Latz at blatz@medwish.org or call 216.692.1685 x33.

 


 

ABOUT MEDWISH

MedWish International is a nonprofit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment, while providing humanitarian aid to individuals and organizations that administer care in developing countries.

MedWish diverts roughly 450,000-500,000 pounds of medical surplus from our local landfills every year. This is done with the support of local hospitals and healthcare providers, who generously donate medical supplies and equipment to MedWish. Roughly 3,500 volunteers support MedWish annually and help sort through these donated supplies. MedWish is also training site for individuals with special needs that participate in MedWish’s Skill Building Program.

MedWish’s founder was inspired to found MedWish after serving as an intern in a surgical clinic in Nigeria. International Medical Brigades have therefore been part of MedWish since its inception.  Past Brigades have been to Honduras, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

ABOUT HONDURAS

Honduras is a coastal nation in Central America, slightly larger than the state of Tennessee. It is tropical, predominantly mountainous, and borders Nicaragua and El Salvador. It is one of the poorest nations in Latin America and more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. Tegucigalpa is the capital and is home to over 1 million people. The official language is Spanish and Amerindian dialects are also spoken within some populations. The average life expectancy is 71.3 years. The majority of the population works in the service sector, 39.8%, with 20.9% working in industry, and 39.2% in the agricultural sector.

To learn more about Honduras, please CLICK HERE

ABOUT NUEVO PARAISO

Nuevo Paraiso is a small village roughly one hour from Tegucigalpa. It is comprised of homes, schools, a medical clinic, and centers that house over 100 children. This village was originally made up of single mothers and their families, but it has since grown and become a safe haven for local orphans to grow and learn with the support of services provided by the Sociedad Amigos de Los Ninos (Society of Friends of Children).

ABOUT SOCIEDAD AMIGOS DE LOS NINOS

Sociedad Amigos de Los Ninos (SAN) was founded in 1966 by Sister Maria Rosa Leggol. Since that time, she has served over 35,000 Honduran orphans through her work. These children are rescued and receive an education and other skills training, in addition to being raised in a loving environment. Nuevo Paraiso is one of the locations of the organization’s operations.

ABOUT SANTA ROSA DE LIMA MEDICAL CLINIC

The Santa Rosa de Lima Medical Clinic serves the local children and population, in addition to those living in the region around Nuevo Paraiso. Roughly 60,000 people rely on this clinic as their primary care facility as it is the only medical center in the area. The clinic was built in 2000 and it provides a wide range of services including emergency services, dental services, OB/GYN, and pharmaceutical distribution.

On this Brigade, participants will be conducting mobile clinics in the local community. These clinics will be set up roughly one hour (but potentially more) from Nuevo Paraiso so that populations without consistent access to care can be treated. Some medical professionals may have the opportunity to serve in the Santa Rosa clinic depending on specialties and where the need is most.

 


 

TRIP INFORMATION

 

ELIGIBILITY

Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are welcome. While we welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, we do reserve a number of places for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry and eye care. We recommend that Brigade participants be at least 12 years old or older at the time of the Brigade. However, if a family would like to bring a child younger than 12, please contact us so we can further discuss. Any participant that is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying in the compound run by Sociedad Amigos de Los Ninos. The accommodations are basic with varied room sizes ranging from dormitory style to double occupancy. There are shared bathroom facilities with running water. Clean towels and linens are provided. All meals are served family style at the compound. There is also a small store in the compound to buy snacks, drinks, etc.

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

MedWish International will arrange group airline transportation through Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Participants that do not wish to have their flights booked by MedWish must contact MedWish at the time of registration to indicate their intentions. Any participant traveling independently must coordinate arrivals and departures with the MedWish team and provide MedWish with his/her flight information by June 1, 2020.

COST

This MedWish Medical Brigade is $2,600 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due by Sunday, March 1, 2020 to reserve your place. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. A percentage of spots will be held for medical participants, so secure your spot TODAY!

The remaining amount of the total trip cost will be due in increments leading up to trip departure as shown below:

Trip Payment #2 – $850- Due by April 1, 2020

Trip Payment #3 – $750 – Due by May 1, 2020

Your Trip Contribution Includes:

It does NOT Include:

TRIP ORIENTATION

There will be a team orientation meeting prior to departure. At this meeting, participants will have the opportunity to meet, learn more about the upcoming Brigade, and talk with the MedWish team about what to expect and how to best prepare. The date and location of this meeting will be announced in April 2020.

SUPPLY PICKUP

MedWish International will be providing the medical supplies needed for the mobile clinics run during the Brigade. Each participant is expected to transport one bag full of supplies with them to Honduras. Participants will need to come to the MedWish warehouse prior to departure to pick up the bag of supplies. The specific pickup times will be announced at orientation.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Once registered, participants will be provided with a participant information packet that must be completed and returned to MedWish International by June 1, 2020. This packet may be returned via fax, email, or mail to MedWish.

IMMUNIZATIONS AND TRAVELERS HEALTH

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to Honduras. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care physician or a local travel clinic. Click here for more details. Traveler’s health insurance will not be purchased for Honduras Brigade participants and is the responsibility of each participant to secure if desired.

PASSPORT

A valid passport is required for entrance into Honduras. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after our date of return.

SAFETY

There is a travel advisory in effect from the US State Department for travel to and from Honduras. Please visit their website for further information, or click here for more details.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience! Registration closes March 1, 2020.