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  • 1. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission “ To share God’s healing message of love and forgiveness through the ministry of medicine” Presented by: Frances Mallow, Ph.D. W. Brad McGonagle, Ph.D.
  • 2. Corinto
  • 3. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • Started in 1992 in Bay City, Texas by James Humphries, DDS.
    • 15 people on first team to go to Honduras
    • Initial budget of less than $5,000
    • Today:
      • Largest team to go was last year, 52 people from all over the United States
      • Budget over $100,000
      • Over 12,500 lives touched through the Ministry of Medicine
    The Humphrie Family
  • 4. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • 10 years of medical ministry to the people of Honduras with 9 years exclusively in the village of Corinto
    • Over 12,500 men, women and children treated
    • Over 30,000 prescriptions filled
    • Over 3,000 teeth filled, extracted or cleaned.
    • Over 4,300 dogs, cats, horses and mules vaccinated against rabies and tetanus (no gorillas)
    • Over 300 pairs of glasses distributed
    • Over 50,000 hours volunteered by team members
  • 5. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • Contributors to 2002 Mission
      • Diocese of Texas missions:   $23,232
      • Episcopal Med. Mission Found.:      $5,000
      • Bay City Lions Club $500
      • Galveston Morning Kiwanis $500
      • St. Mark's Episcopal Church Bay City (fundraising)                                   $5,000
      • Personal Donations                          $3,073
      • Trull Foundation, Palacios, Tx $5,000
      • Rotary International $3,500 
  • 6. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Preparation
      • Quarterly planning meetings held to evaluate previous mission and establish goals for next mission
      • Registration begins immediately
      • Meds and Supplies are packed and sipped via container in April/May.
  • 7. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Financing
    • Fun-raisers
      • Fajita Dinner
      • Sausage Suppers
    • Grants
      • Diocese of Texas
    • Donations
      • Money
      • Medical Supplies
      • Give-always/School Supplies
  • 8. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Leadership
    • Sam Maglitto
      • “ The Godfather”
      • Retired school principal
      • Registration, Travel, Fundraisers
    • Taffy Atkinson
      • “ Mamasita”
      • Elementary school teacher
      • Trip director, Grant writer, World Board Representative
  • 9. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Trip to Honduras
    • Advance Team/Mission Team
      • 8-10 people
      • Arrive 3 days in advance
      • In-country preparation for mission
    • Advance team duties
      • Meet with Diocese representative
      • Acquire additional medicines
      • Purchase food supplies
      • Acquire container at port
    • Mission team duties
      • Have fun upon arrival
  • 10. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • Episcopal Diocese of Honduras
    • Coordinates practitioner paperwork, transportation, food supplies, general administration
    • Fees paid to the Diocese go towards providing the aforementioned services
    • Very friendly and resourceful in support of our mission
  • 11. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Trip to Corinto
    • Approximately 100 kilometers from San Pedro Sula.
    • 4 hour bus ride through Porte Cortez into the mountains.
    • Lunch break at resort in Porte Cortez
  • 12. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Village of Corinto
    • Located on the Honduras/Guatemalan border
    • Estimated population is unknown.
    • No formal infrastructure, government, town leadership
    • Limited fresh water
    • Episcopal Church, Pentecostal Church and Catholic Church largest organized presence in village.
  • 13. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Clinic
    • Approximately 250 patients per day run under Managed Care type-system.
    • Number/Token system used for admission
    • Patients are registered, vitals taken then triaged
    • Vitamins, toothbrushes and general hygiene lessons are provided during wait to see physicians, dentists, optometrists
    • Severe cases are referred to the community hospital in Porte Cortez or Mercy Ship for eye surgery.
  • 14. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Pharmacy
    • Scripts are filled according to managed care sheet provided each family.
    • Computer link from clinic to pharmacy expedites process
    • Family history and past prescriptions are maintained in the database
    • Families are given monthly supplies of available meds
    • Most meds are purchased by the medical mission with some vitamins and over-the-counter meds donated
    • Staffed by 3-5 people with one Pharmacist.
  • 15. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Dental Station
    • Two dental stations staffed by dentist, assistant and interpreter
    • Emphasis is on extractions due to time constraints but fillings have become more prevalent in recent years.
    • Instruments are sterilized according to proper procedures
    • Medical mission purchases dental equipment and meds
  • 16. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Eye Clinic
    • Refractions are performed with the use of a Retinoscopy to determine lenses prescription.
    • Glasses are then dispensed based on the prescription.
    • Glasses are donated by the Lion’s Club and Rotary
    • Patients are also screened for cataracts and other eye diseases for surgery on the Mercy Ship Caribbean.
  • 17. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The Vet Team
    • Consists of 3 Veterinarians divided into 2 teams with 2 support people.
    • One team remains in Corinto while other team provides vet clinic in surrounding villages.
    • Primary emphasis is on rabies, tetanus vaccinations, worming/parasite control, tick and flee control
    • Some minor surgeries are performed.
    • Meds are donated by Pfizer and Fort Dodge Pharmaceuticals.
    • Last year a team worked in El Cacao, Guatemala
  • 18. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • The People of the Mission
    • Average team consists of :
    • 3-4 physicians
    • 1-2 dentists
    • 3-4 Vegetarians
    • 1-2 optometrists/ophthalmologists
    • 1-2 pharmacists
    • 8-10 nurses
    • 2-4 computer operators
    • 5-7 interpreters
    • 12-15 non-clinicians including:
      • 3-4 high school aged team members
      • Engineers, school teachers, administrators
  • 19. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • 5 Star Accommodations
    • 48 bed dormitory constructed in 2001
    • Funded by grant from Dioceses of Texas
    • Full showers and restrooms
    • Large storage
    • Veranda for preparing evening meals by the team. Picnic atmosphere.
    • “ The Hotel Taffy”
  • 20. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • Healing Ministry and Service
    • Work performed in Corinto goes beyond just the clinical applications.
    • Three fresh water wells were funded by churches of the various team members.
    • Oversight of the wells has been the responsibility of the team while in the village.
  • 21. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • God’s Healing Message
    • Foot washing Ceremony night before leaving for village
    • Morning passage readings
    • Sunday worship with local congregation
    • Prayer visits to houses
    • Worship services in English and Spanish
  • 22. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission
    • Lessons Learned/Goals for Next Year
    • Health Education initiatives
    • Outreach to other villages such as Garcia/Mobile clinic
    • Kitchen renovation
    • School uniforms and supplies
    • Fresh drinking water to rest of village
    • Medicine and vitamins for local health monitor
  • 23. St. Mark’s Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission Contact Information: Taffy Atkinson 2101 Austin St. Bay City Texas, 77414 (979) 245-9609 [email_address]