Global Health MEDICAL MISSIONS

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.  Two successful conferences have been held in 2017 and 2018 and we look forward to the next one in October 2019,  

 

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 buttons to the right. 

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Upcoming Medical Mission Trips 2020

JANUARY 2020:   

UGANDA

Approximate Dates: January 4- January 19

Partners for World Health will host a medical mission to UGANDA in January 2020. In partnership with MULAGO Hospital, Angel Wing Health Center, GULU Referral Hospital and Child Voice International, PWH will provide education and training to physicians and nurses on non-communicable diseases, care of the cancer patient, medication administration, wound care education, infection control and emergency care. In addition, we will provide primary care services, consultation, wound care clinic and surgery in two locations. Community wide education will occur in a large Slum in Kampala with our colleagues from Mulago Hospital. Project 10000 will be provided for pregnant women and NICU training in Mulago Hospital and Gulu Hospital.


We will depart on or around January 3 to Kampala. Our first week will be in Kampala followed by onward travel to Gulu where we will begin our educational program and then return to Kampala prior to departure. Team members will have an opportunity to visit a school for the disables, Jinja, home of the beginning of the Nile and visit Cipla a great pharmaceutical company. Participation in 2 Rotary Club meetings is expected to greet our partners.

 

NEEDED:

  • PHYSICIANS: 1 GYN OB, 1 Breast Cancer Surgeon and 1 General Surgeon, 1 Primary Care Physician.

  • NURSES: 2 Nurse Practitioners, 2 NICU Nurse Practitioners, 6 RN’s with wound care, education/teaching experience, care of the cancer patient, etc.

  • STUDENTS: 6-8 and also non medical participants 2-4. Students will have an opportunity to participate caring for NICU babies and being part of the surgical team, as well as interviewing pregnant women and doing hands on with wound care and primary health care. 

PWH will make all of the arrangements including air travel, housing, in country transportation/drivers, interpreters, food. Each participant will apply for Uganda visa separately. Directions will be provided.

ORIENTATION:

An orientation session including detailed in-country travel logistics and daily plan of activities for the trip will be conducted at the PWH headquarters and via conference call about two weeks prior to departure. 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

MARCH 2020:  

BANGLADESH  

Approximate Dates: February 28 through March 9 and

                                            March 8 through March 24

HEALTH CARE TEAM MEMBERS are needed to provide services in Tangail and Bogara (or Manipur). You will have the opportunity to travel to Tangail and participate in the primary care service at the Kandapara Brothel and deliver education and training, both didactic and clinical, for nurses and nursing students at the Tangail District Hospital, a government hospital of 350 beds with 500 patients. Our clinic will provide wound care services and education to the general public on non-communicable diseases, cancer, hypertension and diabetes.   Physicians will provide surgery, general and OB assistance in the Tangail District hospital along with clinical education and training. In addition, we will travel to Manipur or Bogara where Health Care Team Members where we will provide similar activities. The Medical Oncologist will provide education and consultation for physicians at the National Institute for Cancer and Research Hospital in Dhaka and possibly some additional education at Dhaka Medical College. Two burn nurses will provide education on the treatment in emergent care of the burn patient at Dhaka medical center. If the team has Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, education and training will be provided at the Dhaka Medical College. 

 

You will have the opportunity to visit the Bangladesh Founders home and museum in Dhaka, visit a Street School, have some time for unique shopping experiences and participate in other sightseeing activities orchestrated by our partners. We will bring items for donation for these children.

 

NEEDED: 

  • PHYSICIANS:  Primary Care Physicians, OB GYN Surgeon, General Surgeon, Anesthesiologist and Medical Oncologist. 

  • NURSES:  4-5 Registered Nurses, 1-2 Nurse Practitioners, Wound Care Nurse, 2 Burn Care Nurses.

  • NON-MEDICAL INDIVIDUALS:   3-4 who will help with intake, doing a BP screening clinic, interviewing patients, gathering statistics and assisting RN's with care.

  • STUDENTS:  This trip is also open to 4 students college level, nursing, medical or other.   

 

COST ESTIMATE $3000:  Fee includes RT air fare, double occ (single occ is available with extra fee), all breakfasts, lunches and most dinners, interpreters, in-country drivers, gas and vehicles, credentialing and visa obtained at the airport.  Extra: Tips for drivers and porters in hotel, and donation to Dhaka Street School to purchase school supplies.   

 

ORIENTATION:  will be provided at the PWH headquarters prior to departure along with detailed itinerary and plan for the trip.  Remaining flexible is important as plans sometimes change. Participants can come for 1 week or two.

 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

APRIL  2020: 

MALAWI 

Max 12 participants; Sign up early!

Approximate Dates: April 19th-30th

Partners for World Health will host a medical mission in partnership with H.E.L.P.  an organization with a home base in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nanthomba Full Primary School and Health Center projects are facilitated by H.E.L.P. the Founder Jilliam Wolstein and her husband were inspired to build a school in Liwonde National Park and eventually a health center. The health center serves over 25,000 people in the area and offers board services to include, family planning, primary health care, immunizations for children and other services. PWH will join the team in April 2020 to provide primary health care services, Project 10000 and educate pregnant women on complications of pregnancy, wound care, BP screening and other health care support.


We will depart on April 19  and arrive 2 days later after our air flight and drive to the Safari Camp for our lodging.  Accommodations will be with the Central African Wildness Safari organization. Two types of housing is available. Dome Tents for 1 or 2 with bath facilities new by. Family style housing with 2 rooms, each room can hold 2 people or 1 in each room. Shared bathroom in this housing.  Team members will have an opportunity to visit the local hospital to do a hospital assessment, visit a local orphanage and the H.E.L.P. school. 

 

NEEDED:

  • PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS: 1-2

  • NURSES:  1-2 Nurse Practitioners, 2-3 RN’s with primary care, wound care, education/teaching experience, care of the cancer patient, NCD’s, etc.

  • PHYSICAL OR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

  • STUDENTS: 2 Students will have an opportunity to participate in Project 10000 interviewing and education pregnant women about the complications of pregnancy and providing hands on care for wound care and primary health care.

  • NON-MEDICAL PARTICIPANTS: 2

A total of 12 people can be accommodated so sign up early!   PWH will make all of the arrangements including air travel, housing, in country transportation/drivers, interpreters, visa and food. Estimate cost of the trip $3200 (may be less). If you want to stay longer to participate in a safari let PWH know and we can help you will the arrangements.

 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

MAY  2020: 

SENEGAL 

Approximate Dates: May 17 through June 2

Partners for World Health will host a medical mission to Senegal in May 2020. This will be our 7th medical mission to Senegal in partnership with our Coordinator Ousmane Faye.  

 

The PWH team will provide primary health care services to the Fish Ladies in M’bour and the Remote Area Villages. Other sites to include Theis, Yasse, and Touba.  Primary care clinics will be set up to provide initial physical assessment and treatment, discharge teaching about hypertension, diabetes, distribution of necessary medications, wound care clinic and hypertension screening. In addition,  Project 10000 will be held in 3 areas with the education of 400 pregnant women about the complications of pregnancy. Education presentations will be provided to physicians and nurses on a variety of topics in the hospital setting, In Dakar, team members will participate in an educational program on Breast Cancer and educate and screen for breast cancer in a clinic.  GYN/OB surgery provided in two local hospitals. Sightseeing opportunities to see the grand mosque in Touba and visit Gorey Island in Dakar will be provided.  

 

NEEDED: 

  • PHYSICIANS: 1 GYN Surgeon, 1 Primary Care and 1 Pediatrician 

  • NURSES: 1-2 Nurse Practitioners, 4 RN with primary care, wound care and education/teaching experience  with care of the cancer patients and NCD’s

  • STUDENTS: 4-6   GREAT opportunity for students to participate in health assessment, interviewing of patients, wound care and other activities 

  • NON MEDICAL:  4

 

COST ESTIMATE: PWH will make all of the arrangements including air travel, housing double occupancy, in country transportation, drivers, gas, cars, credentialing, interpreters, visa and food. The Estimate cost is $2800 to $3000. This does not include single room occupancy, tips for drivers, charges for sightseeing or vaccinations. 

 

EXPECTATIONS: Professionals and students will have the opportunity to participate in Project 10000 interviewing and educating pregnant women about the complications of pregnancy and providing hands on care for wound care and primary health care. In addition, if surgeons are on the trip students will participate in the Operating Room experience. 

 

ORIENTATION: An orientation session including detailed in country travel logistics and daily plan of activities for the trip will be conducted at the PWH headquarters and via conference call about 2 weeks before departure. 

 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

AUGUST 2020:

ETHIOPIA    

PRIMARY CARE

Approximate Dates: August 18 - August 29

 

Partners for World Health will host a medical mission to ETHIOPIA in August 2020. This will be our first medical mission to Ethiopia in partnership with a Health Center in Harar which provides primary health care services to those in need. And supports an orphanage in the area. PWH will provide primary health care services to local community members, with a wound care clinic, hypertension screening, education and training to the general public on non-communicable diseases, cancer awareness, self breast exams and general hygiene practices. In addition, we will have the opportunity to visit local hospitals to do a needs assessment. Project 10000 will be provided for pregnant women.

 

We will depart on or around August 18 or 19 for a 10 day trip returning around August 29th. Our educational programs and primary care services will begin the following day. Team members will have the opportunity to visit a local school and orphanage. We have one day on our return to Addis Abba to visit the Fistula Hospital and other sites in the city. We will stay in a local hotel.

NEEDED:  

  • NURSES:  3-4 RN’s with primary care, wound care, education/teaching experience, and screening.

  • NURSE PRACTITIONERS: 2

  • STUDENTS ARE WELCOME: 5-6

  • NON-MEDICAL PARTICIPANTS: 2-4

Students will have an opportunity to participate in Project 10000 interviewing and education pregnant women about the complications of pregnancy and providing hands on care for wound care and primary health care. PWH will make all of the arrangements including air travel, housing double occupancy, in country transportation/drivers/cars/gas, credentialing, interpreters, visa, and food. The estimate cost is $2900 to $3000. This does not include single occupancy, tips for our drivers or charges for site seeing.

 

ORIENTATION:

An orientation session including detailed in-country travel logistics and daily plan of activities for the trip will be conducted at the PWH headquarters and via conference call about two weeks prior to departure. 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

OCTOBER 2020:

BANGLADESH    

TOTAL CANCER CARE CONFERENCE

Approximate Dates: October 8 through October 18

 

Partners for World Health will host a medical mission to BANGLADESH in October 2020.  In partnership with the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mavericks, PWH will provide the 4th Annual Conference on Care of the Cancer Patient at the National Institute of Cancer and Research Hospital in Dhaka. A 6-day conference is planned to provide education and training to physicians and nurses on non-communicable diseases, care of the cancer patient, medication administration, wound care education and infection control. In addition, surgical intervention with consultation (both in-patient and out-patient) will be provided. Outreach to provide education to Bangladesh women about breast self-exam and breast cancer will be provided at the community level.  Surgeons will have 4 surgical days at the NICRH and Dhaka Medical College in addition to the expectation of delivering educational PowerPoint presentations to clinical audiences.

 

Team members will have an opportunity to visit a school for the street children, participate in outreach in the local slum, attend the closing ceremony and sight see in the old section of Dhaka City. Participation in 2 Rotary Club meetings to greet our partners is expected.

NEEDED:  

  • PHYSICIANS: 1 GYN ONC, 1 Breast Cancer Surgeon, 1 GI Surgeon and 1 Head and Neck Surgeon, 1-2 Medical Oncologists and 1 Palliative Care Specialist.

  • NURSES:  4 RN’s with specialties in Hospice care, non-communicable diseases, wound care, chemo administration and care of the cancer patient.  

  • PHARMACIST: 1 Pharmacist with chemotherapy experience to teach about cancer drugs used for treatment and making chemotherapy guidelines.

  • 1 PHYSICAL THERAPIST

  • 1 SOCIAL WORKER. 

    • NOTE: Social Worker and Physical Therapist will work at the Cancer Center hospital for 3 days and the Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed for 3 days.

 

EXPECTATIONS:

Each person will be responsible for 6-8 educational PowerPoint presentations on various topics, as well as performing consultations and teaching at the clinical level.  PWH will make all of the arrangements including air travel, housing, in-country transportation/drivers, interpreters, visas and food. Estimated cost is $3500 due to hotel charges at the Six Seasons Hotel. 

 

ORIENTATION:

An orientation session including detailed in-country travel logistics and daily plan of activities for the trip will be conducted at the PWH headquarters and via conference call about two weeks prior to departure. 

Please fill out the online application on the PWH website Mission Information and/or call 207-774-5555 for more information.

NOVEMBER 2020:   

SOUTH SUDAN

PRIMARY CARE

Approximate Dates: November 13 - 28

More information to follow.