MEDICAL MISSION TRIPS
In addition to collecting and redistributing surplus medical supplies, PWH plays a critical role in healthcare delivery and education and training in developing countries. Every year, PWH organizes several medical mission trips in partnership with hospitals in Africa and Southeast Asia. The goals of our mission trips include: to bring thousands of pounds of medical supplies and equipment to our partner hospitals, to provide surgical and primary healthcare services in partnership with local hospital and clinic staff; to offer skills training and other educational opportunities for local nurses, nursing students, and community health workers; and to assist with non-medical work such as cleaning, painting and repairing minor damages. Our medical and nursing education programs have been so well-received that the National Institute for Cancer and Research Hospital in Bangladesh (among others in countries in Africa) has asked PWH in partnership wtih the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mavericks to create a conference on Care of the Cancer Patient.
Through our medical supply recycling program and our medical mission trips, PWH has established an extensive international network of partner hospitals. Since 2009, we have held programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Libya, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Turkey (Syrian refugees) and Uganda, and we have plans to return to many of these countries. In addition, Liberia, Ethiopia, Nigeria Burundi, Sudan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe have requested our assistance.
Our trips are approximately two weeks long and are open to physicians and medical residents, nurses and nursing students, non-medical PWH volunteers, and college students who are members of a PWH College or University Chapter. In addition depending on the trip, PWH reaches out to Pharmacists, Social Workers and Physical Therapists. PWH handles all travel logistics. Each team member will participate in a full day of work activities 8-10 hour per day involved with primary care, Project 10000 education pregnant women about complications of pregnancy, BP screening and wound care, among other activities. Students will have the opportunity to work along side a variety of health care providers and learn about health care delivery in a resource poor country,
We hope you'll join us for an incredible opportunity to provide healthcare to those who need it most in a structured, educational, and safe environment! Our upcoming medical mission trips are listed below. If you are considering a trip or have any remaining questions, please e-mail us. If you are ready to commit, please fill out the medical mission application materials by clicking the links below.