The goal of every medical mission is to provide optimal medical and surgical care to underserved women and their families as well as providing support for the health professionals in developing countries where these lifesaving services may not be available. Our unique and successful medical mission strategy involves not only addressing the current health care needs of the people we serve, but also building long-term sustainable solutions through the effective training and mentoring of local medical professionals.
On a typical medical mission, a team of up to 30 medical professionals (anesthesiologists, anesthetists, nurses, pediatricians, internists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, OB/GYN, perinatologists, gynecologic oncologists, urogynecologists, urologists, surgical oncologists, general surgeons, psychologists, students and community volunteers) from the United States travel to Ghana, our partnering country, to treat underserved women and their families for a two-week period. Our teams are organized with both in-country and international volunteers and include liaisons, mission coordinators and junior volunteers.
On a typical medical mission, 1000 - 1,500 women and their families receive medical evaluations and 50 - 70 are surgically treated. We also use the opportunity to train and learn from in-country medical professionals, based on the needs of their health care workers or the facility where the mission takes place.
We also conduct medical missions to Jamaica on a smaller scale and look forward to expanding these efforts.
What is most gratifying is the legacy we leave after each mission of trained medical staff, surgical equipment, and professional partnerships to help carry on the work after our team has left.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to provide care to more underserved women and their families each year.