St. Mark's Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission

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St. Mark's Episcopal Honduras Medical Mission

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

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