On November 3, 2019, a 20 person brigade of doctors, nurses, medical students, and audiologists from the United States will travel to the rural city of Catacamas, Honduras. Catacamas is a community of approximately 40,000 people located in the Honduran Department of Olancho. The local population is served by a recently constructed Catholic hospital, Hospital Santo Herman Pedro. There is a severe shortage of specialty physicians in Olancho. The ENT brigade will work at the hospital for five days performing outpatient clinic evaluations, surgical procedures, audiological testing, and fitting of hearing aids.
Where does the money go?
We are gearing up for another wonderful experience in Honduras. We will be helping out at the Hospital compound as well as taking a trip to the orphanage to visit with the children there and get to see the bakery that helps support the orphanage. As far as the money: We are VERY fortunate that we use only volunteers for the IMAF here in St. Louis, (yourself and myself included) and therefore ALL of the $ goes to the local folks of Catacamas, Juticalpa, and the rest of Olancho, Honduras. This money goes towards the entire mission trip including medical supplies, surgical supplies (such as sterile packs and devices that we will use for surgery), as well as money for providing us with daily meals cooked by the locals and served at the hospital compound, transportation, etc. We are estimating that a 20 dollar donation will provide the clinic with enough medications for about 10 patients, a 50 dollar donation will help a child with otitis media to get much needed ear tubes, a $100 donation will buy hearing aids for a child with severe hearing loss affecting their speech, a $150 donation will buy all of the supplies needed for a tonsillectomy (which costs about $5,442 here in the US), a $200 donation will allow us to perform a nasal reconstruction for a severely deformed nose, a $300 donation will allow us to remove a congenital cyst in children that might otherwise get infected and drain from their wound for many months or years, and a $500 donation will allow us to perform a tumor excision, bring the pathology back St. Louis, and send the results back to the local doctors to relay back to the patient for further treatment in the capital of Honduras if it is needed! We are so fortunate to have this opportunity and it is obviously something that both the Hondurans and the volunteers from our group gain so much from and really appreciate all that we do and get to do, respectively. Can’t wait to have your assistance in this endeavor, Joe Brunworth
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