I ask for your prayers as we are seeking medical professionals to join us in mission to serve the abject poor in the mountainous region of Constanza, Dominican Republic.
Last November I had the privilege of joining a group of volunteers and medical professionals that included nurses, physical therapists, dental assistants, optometrists, NP’s and PA’s on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic. The Constanza Medical Mission or CMM focuses on bringing medical care to the central mountainous area of the Dominican Republic. There are 50,000 people living in Constanza and agriculture is their center of life, with many families working seven days a week and over 12 hours a day to feed their families. The people depend on the land for everything; for their own food and for their income. Due to this lifestyle, and by living in a mountainous area, many people suffer from chronic injuries and disease, such as, hypertension, diabetes, goiter, and skin disease. Health care is practically nonexistent, and medical supplies are extremely limited and expensive. The hospitals in the region do not have the adequate care or tools for their patients. Unclean operating rooms and lack of medical supplies for the sick and dying are something that is prevalent. Families have to walk miles in the early hours of the morning to have the chance to be seen in the hospital, which is not guaranteed. This is where CMM fills a need in the Dominican Republic.
The Constanza medical mission has provided weekly care to the community by means of a downtown clinic and an in house doctor. It also provides 2 weeklong mobile health clinics that provides care and medicine to the communities in Constanza. Each day a local community is chosen and the mission team sets themselves up in local school classrooms to bring quality medical care to those in need and see over 300+ patients in a single day. The services provided by these professionals and volunteers include, triaging patients, making medical assessments, reviewing and dispensing medication, consult with and support for a PA, NP or Physician about course of action and interacting with the community; men, women and children..
The hotel accommodations are very comfortable and the views are spectacular! Each evening before we retire and after each mission, we are served a homemade dinner at the local convent by the nuns that minister to the poor each day. The food is amazing and the company of this order of religious is very peaceful and soothing after a long day at the clinics. Transfers and transportation throughout the trip is provided . I ask for your prayers as we are seeking medical professionals to join us in mission to serve the abject poor in the mountainous region of Constanza, Dominican Republic. Please consider this life changing opportunity.
Our next missions are scheduled for May 4-10 and November 1-8, 2019.