Medical Mission in Alang-Alang, Leyte

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  The purpose of the trip was not only an endeavor to provide free medical services to low income and underserved communities, but to also act as a beacon of light and hope for people who often feel abandoned and forgotten about.  

On Saturday 21st May 2011, Kaya volunteers, local volunteers and Filipino doctors travelled to the rural town of Alang-Alang, Leyte to participate in an Annual Medical Mission.

The purpose of the trip was not only an endeavor to provide free medical services to low income and underserved communities, but to also act as a beacon of light and hope for people who often feel abandoned and forgotten about. 

A number of local non-government organizations, political figures and local government units (LGU) had worked diligently together to make the day possible and as a result were shouldering the medical expenses of services that typically require payment. In particular, the day concentrated on the provision of free medical check ups (combined with the provision of free prescribed medicines), dental repair and a deeply cultural and hygeine related procedure locally referred to as Operation Turi.

For Kaya volunteers working in rural health clinics, they were offered the opportunity to witness, learn and get hands on experience by assisting local doctors with medical procedures. At the same time, volunteers got to witness how the notion of volunteerism is instilled in the local community. For those volunteers not volunteering in a health clinic, they were given the opportunity to also assist by helping to admit patients, record their medical history and help guide patients to each of the various health stations.

Despite the tropical heat and the slight degree of organized chaos, volunteers were crucial in providing the assistance needed to make the day a success.

In particular, 368 medical procedures were conducted, including:-

208 free medical check ups 

39 Dental Repairs

121 Operation Turi Procedures

The same Medical Mission is carried out annually in the Philippines during the month of May and each year Kaya volunteers obtain the opportunity to participate in this day long event as an additional activity outside of thier regular project commitments. By volunteers working together with local experts, it has been proven that everyone can work together to make sustainable change to public health in the Philippines.

Tags: medical clinic , public health , medical mission

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