Routine Medical Missions

IMG_3691-e1384594741310rotary-mmmTHIS COMING MAY, 2015, Mammoth Medical Missions, in partnership with Rotary International and the Rotary Clubs of Bishop, will send a team of trained medical volunteers and support staff to the highlands of Chiapas, one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in Mexico. Our 4th medical mission to the region since 2009, this will be the first to include not only a round of no-cost elective surgeries for the indigenous population, but also intensive skills-training for local medical providers.

Click here for an account of last year’s mission with successes and lessons learned.

Training programs in maternal health, rural ER skills and physical therapy will be run by Dr. Marty Kim, Dr. Sara May, Dr. Sierra Bourne, Sara Morra and Mike Gable during the first week in San Andrés Larráinzar (May 4-8). A series of presentations on international medical response in widespread disasters will be given along with a roundtable discussion at the Escuela de Protección Civil in Tuxtla on May 9. Our surgical team (May 11-15) will consist of two specialties — OB-Gyn and General Surgery — led by Dr. Kim and Dr. Fru Bahiraei respectively.

Partner organizations for this year’s mission include Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise, Rotary Club of Bishop, Rotary Club of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Secretaria de Salud del Estado de Chiapas, DIF Regional de Chiapas, Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas (UNICH), Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH), Secretaria de Protección Civil del Estado de Chiapas, Mammoth Hospital, Northern Inyo Hospital, Direct Relief International, InterpretAmerica, Sonosite and Sigvaris.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Our dedicated volunteers not only donate their highly-specific skills to these projects. They also pay or raise money to cover their own travel expenses; they take vacation time from their jobs; they put themselves in uncertain situations; and their families and co-workers take on extra responsibility at home. Click here to sponsor a volunteer, to help alleviate the financial burden on these individuals who give so much of themselves to others.

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