Organizational Needs & Collaborations

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  • Post by Elliott Brender, MD 5/25/2018:

    Surgeons for Cambodia, Inc. a 501c3 corporation whose mission is to improve surgical care in Cambodia is looking for FACS surgeons to supervise R4 & R5 surgical residents (junior surgeons) at the Dr. Brender American Surgical Clinic at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH). The clinic is Wednesdays from 2 to 4 PM at the hospital. Responsibilities is to run the clinic. There will always be Cambodian medical students. Normally there will be an American R4 or R5. We call them junior surgeons as a resident in Cambodia has a completely different meaning than in the USA. In Cambodia a resident is not an MD yet, is not licensed, and pays for their education. Rather than explaining o them over and over again what an American resident is (has their MD & is licensed), we simply call them junior surgeons – problem solved.

    Licensing is now a major issue in Cambodia. As of Dec 2016 you need a license to practice medicine in Cambodia. We obtain type D licenses which means we are a charity & do not charge for our services Unfortunately it takes 2-3 months to get a license. There is only one person doing licensing & he is swamped. UCI & UCLA will not accept license in progress however KSFH will. What does this mean. It means you can work at KSFH as long as you have filed for a license. Unfortunately until we can get UCI & UCLA surgical residents licensed you may need to work the clinic alone (their will always be Cambodian medical students & surgical residents, just no American doctors). On non-clinic days we usually assist the Cambodian surgeons with their cases teaching and making pointers as to how we do things.

    We do have a full time surgeon, Dr. Steven Swartz, however he will not be available until July 27th. We expect to have 2 supervisors + 1 American surgical resident R4 or R5 as our normal situation.

    SFC will pay coach international airfare, hotel (hotel provides free breakfast). Hotel is the G Mekong Hotel http://www.gmekonghotel.com. Air-Conditioned, free wi-fi, breakfast, pool, gym. Local transportation (a driver will get you from the airport, take you to the hotel, take you from hotel to hospital, lunch, take you from the hospital back to the hotel at the end of the day. When your tour of duty is done you will be taken from hotel to airport.

    Minimum 2 weeks, prefer a month. Interested? Basically a free trip to Cambodia – on the weekend you can go see Angkor Wat. Contact drbrender@roadrunner.com.

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  • Post by Hermite 7/1/2018:

    If you are interested please email me at 8138086565, our website hhpnetwork.org.

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  • Hello!

    Looking for a dental organization interested in offering voluntary services for a NPO in Cambodia for children 14-18 years of age . Is anyone aware of an organization(s)?

    Thanks!

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  • Post by Patrick Kamara 1/14/2019:

    Hi everyone,

    Last Spring, our team treated over 1000 patients with Over the Counter (OTC) products and first aid supplies in four communities affected by the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Sierra Leone. The Ebola disease killed over 3,500 and left more than 11,000 sickened in Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016.

    This Spring, our team will embark on the next round of Medical Mission Trip to Sierra Leone. Almost 80% of the adult population we screened during our last visit have a history of high blood pressure and 25% has elevated blood sugar.

    Unfortunately, we did not have a physician with prescriptive privileged in our team. Therefore, we cannot receive high blood pressure and diabetic products from Americares.

    If you are a Physician with a good heart and wants to join our team, please reach out to us at patmedkay@safewatersl.org or visit http://www.safewatersl.org. Together we can save lives.

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  • Currently looking for two doctors (preferably a pediatrician and a internist/general family medicine doctor) to come participate in my medical clinic in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya this summer. 

    It is through a non-profit called Crossing Thresholds. It is an amazing group, and I have been traveling with them to Kenya for the past 8 years. I am a current board member and the clinic coordinator. Please reach out if interested or know of any doctors (especially a pediatrician!) that would be interested. 

    Dates in Kenya are: 6/29/19-7/6/19. 

    Non-profit website: https://www.crossingthresholds.org/

    You can email me if interested:

    emilygfawcett@gmail.com

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  • Hi Everyone, our volunteer team is heading out to Sierra Leone in April for the next round of Medical Mission Trip. Presently, we have few volunteer nurses. We need a doctor to join us so we can get prescription medication from Americares. Our medical stuff container is leaving on February. Please contact us at www.safewatersl.org.

    Thank you so much for doing what you do. Together we can save lives.

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  • Hello All, 

    A word of thanks to our valued members, Americares and PQMD for allowing me the privileged opportunity to be the forum moderator since April 2018. My contractual agreement ends today and Micaela Theisen will be taking over. She will be introducing herself next week. If anyone would like to stay in communication, please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and/or by email: neumann.valerie@gmail.com. Thank you for ALL you do.

    Valerie

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    • Valerie Colgate, MSGH, CCTSS  Thank you for all you've done for the Medical Outreach Web Forum and community. We wish you the best and welcome our new moderator Micaela Theisen  who will begin in her new role next week.  

      Micaela is an ER Nurse Practitioner and former global health fellow. She has worked on a number of different projects abroad—most recently in Iraq and Syria, as well as cross-border work in Mexico. She currently works on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. She has supported Americares Medical Outreach Program in the past by helping to develop our Exchange website and pre-departure training course. Please join me in welcoming her to the forum!

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    • Hi all,

      Thank you for the kind introduction Julie, and thank you Valerie for all the work you have done so far to get this web forum going .  I am looking forward to continuing the conversation and learning from everyone.  My goal will be to post a conversation-provoking article or question a couple times a week and seek out helpful websites, conferences, or other resources that you all may find useful in your work. I really want to encourage everyone to utilize this web forum for questions or ideas you may have, or to share your experiences or clinical needs, and to discuss global and public health topics. It would be great to hear trip reports and see what teams are up to, what you found worked well, and what challenges or barriers you may have faced. Web forums like this are most useful when we can learn from each other, so please feel free to post something because we'd love to hear from you.  

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  • If you are interested in volunteering at an English speaking location in Belize for 2 weeks,  Hillside Health Care International may be perfect for you.  HHCI has provided a full time primary care clinic in southern Belize for over 18 years staffed by a full Belize staff that relies on volunteers to precept the international students who come to the clinic for 4 week global health rotations.  Housing available on campus inexpensively and the students are great to work with.  Hillside Clinic works with the Belize Ministry of Health to also provide mobile clinics to the rural villages.  Most of these are Mayan and all the staff can translate the Ketchi.     Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists and Physicians are needed. 

    Volunteers can sign up for longer term stays and the clinic is looking for a Volunteer Medical Director for a one-year committment. Medical Director gets a beautiful house on the ocean and a stipend. Short term volunteers have no other expenses beside $100 for licensing, $100 per week for housing on campus. If interested, see the website at www.hillsidebelize.org or contact myself at anncolbert48@gmail.com or program director at

    programsdirector@hillsidebelize.org

    www.hillsidebelize.org

     

    Thanks,    Ann Colbert  (new member of forum)

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    • Ann Colbert . Welcome to the forum, Dr.Colbert! Thank you for sharing about HHCI, it sounds like a wonderful opportunity. It’s great to hear about sites like HHCI that are so well established in the community. 

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      Micaela Theisen 

      Thank you.  Yes Hillside is well established and thankfully has been able to use Americares donated meds and supplies for several years.  Really appreciate that.   

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  • This is from an email I received from an organization I have partnered with in the past. Unfortunately the deadline is now (the 28th), to get your  initial application in. There is more info at the GoDocs website. 

     

    Hello volunteers!

    GoDocs has been requested by a large iNGO and the US Navy to supply volunteer medical doctors, nurses and possibly integrative providers to work aboard the USS Comfort Navy Hospital Ship to support Venezuela refugees escaping to the Central and South Americas. 

     

    The mission includes both ship and land based clinics for all levels of care, from primary, to emergency to maternal. We also need dentistry services. Land based service providers are transported by helicopter from ship to shore daily.

     

    The mission is 2 week rotations beginning mid June and continuing thereafter for 5 months. The first mission mid June departs Virginia, US. Thereafter missions depart Panama and other Central America locations the ship is based. There will be absolutely no unapproved press or social media once aboard the ship. Your individual communication to others is also severely limited. These activities are highly controlled by the Navy.

     

    All medical personnel considering any 2019 rotation must be approved by the US Navy no later than May 28th. GoDocs must have your letter of interest, current online application, current CV, all contact info inc. physical address, a scan of your passport and other applications completed no later than May 28th

     

    Though we will make best efforts to secure no cost airfare from our partners however please indicate in your letter if you’re interested: 

    1- only if full airfare is covered; 

    2- only if partial airfare is covered; 

    3- or if no airfare is covered

     

    All meals and lodging are supplied by the Navy.

    If you are available for the first mission mid June, indicate this in your cover letter. If your interested in missions for the balance of 2019, indicate several 2 week avails throughout the year.  

     

    More about the Mission
    Due to the ongoing humanitarian disaster centered around the unrest in Venezuela, millions of Venezuelans have fled and are overwhelming the capacity of neighboring countries to provide services for them, according to an article  released by the U.S. Southern Command. “The USNS Comfort will help with the effort.”
    The USNS Comfort will visit a number of countries in the region. Likely Columbia, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador and other regions Venezuela refugees are escaping to from their homeland. As soon as the maneuvering schedule is released, we will slot volunteers into specific mission tours. 

     

    You will need to have passports with more than six months remaining and a background check will be conducted. We will provide you with a form to complete. We need to provide the US Navy volunteer applications and credentials to the US Navy by May 27. The Navy medical director will then let us know who from our team they will accept aboard.

     

    Volunteers will work through and under both GoDocs and it’s partner iNGO to schedule the Navy’s requests.

    It’s a busy 2019 with GoDoc missions including Ethiopia, DRC and more...
     

    Thank you for your consideration!

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    • Micaela Theisen VERY interested in this, and want to get my application in TODAY. I am on their website, and cannot find anything about this mission. Do you have a direct link or contact?

      Thanks,

      Emily

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    • Emily Fawcett try calling their office since it is a bit urgent: 505.473.9333, or email at intake@globaloutreachdoctors.org

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    • Micaela Theisen 

      Thank you for posting!

      Global Outreach Doctors and our partners are considering extending the deadline for submission of your letter of interest and required documents.

      Kindly                                                                                                                                                                                       

      1- complete our online application on volunteer tab: GlobalOutreachDoctors.org

      2-email info per above to all below: Coco@GlobalOutreachDoctors.org Info@GlobalOutreachDoctors.org Intake@GlobalOutreachDoctors.org

      Thank you!

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  • Physician opportunity with a group I worked with in Syria. Please send me private message if interested and I can discuss safety and security issues with you. 

     

    https://cadus.org/en/support?fbclid=IwAR1BlJ2K78UoG5wpa5tyEqHkQiCnzTx7DM3tCg2kak-PlkaVhO3lhVft2fM

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  • Please see info from Refugee Health Alliance for volunteer opportunity in Tijuana. There are non-medical and translator needs as well. 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PI1Vt7j5ONCked9RgaJm5K62vt8Hwd4qkTybpHOfKYE/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR1sXvnFQ2dOBDiw3zhu21RoWp7KBQBpp8VmPjuF3MAiMhmwCFuPqGRUOYI

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      • Ann Colbert
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      i am working at Refugee Health Alliance now and Monday we saw over 40 patients in the daily clinic.  Many asylum seekers are now coming from Cameroon as conditions in that country are deteriorating.  These patients and others speak English and many support volunteers are Spanish speaking so don’t let fluency in the language be too much of a deterrent if able to volunteer.  I have seen many patients with scabies, lice, bed bugs and other skin conditions due to the overcrowded conditions in the shelters and local housing.  Most of the migrants are young and previously healthy but suffer from the consequences of an arduous journey and ongoing stress. Headache, chest pain, stomach disorders are common.  Others are seen with injuries from violence, remote and recent.   Yesterday a man came in after an attack by nine dogs.  The RHA clinic has a complete service and dedicated room for the natural - herbs, balms, tinctures, etc-treatment of conditions and patients are encouraged to use these.  This is a unique and ideal way to combine the pharmaceutical options with alternative approaches.  The image shows a typical shelter where each family has a tent for some pseudo-privacy.  They live here for weeks, sometimes months. I am used to doing home visits in the US but did my first couple “tent visits” last Saturday here when I needed to lay a patient down for an exam and the only available space was in the patients “home”.  Financial and volunteer support are needed to care for refugees but possibly more important is pressure on our US government to stop this abuse of people fleeing violence.  Right now Mexico is minimally safer than the country they have fled from. 

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    • Ann Colbert Thank you for sharing about your experience.

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    • Micaela Theisen Yes, I am very interested in working with the migrant population in Tijuana. I participated in a New York State Nurses Association medical mission in Tijuana this year and am familiar with the conditions.

      (I am a recently retired NYC emergency medicine doctor, fluent in Spanish, and have been volunteering with NYSNA thruout Latin America for the past 2 years.)

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    • Will do. Do you have Dr. Colbert's email?

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      • Ann Colbert
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      glad to hear you are interested in working in Tijuana. I am here now with Refugee Health Alliance who have been providing Saturday outreach clinics for about 8 months and also run a daily clinic for asylum seekers and other deported individuals. You can find out more going to their website  https://refugeehealthalliance.org/.    See also my post earlier this week about it. I am sure they would welcome your help. And please let me know if I can answer any questions

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    • Ann Colbert 

      I completed the form at the Alliance website. Perhaps there might be a need for my services at the daily clinic. I could commit for a few weeks at a time. 

      I have the same questions about the butterfly song device. My NYC residents are buying it enthusiastically. I was hoping to contact people who had actually used it in the field.

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  • Hi:

    I am a volunteer medical doctor with the New York State Nurses Association. NYSNA conducts medical missions in the 3rd world. We are looking at obtaining a new portable sonogram, the Butterfly iQ. If anyone has experience with this device, particularly regarding  durability and warranty support, please let me know.

    Feel free to forward this request to anyone who might be helpful.

    Thanks,

    Mike Touger

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      • Ann Colbert
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      i would also be interested in the value of portable ultrasound for refugee health.  Here in Tijuana the RHA clinic is pushing to aquire a Butterfly portable ultrasound as well.  My experience with volunteer docs in Belize is that besides ER docs, many are not trained in ultrasound use.  Is the expense of purchase and care in preventing injury to the device outweighed by its diagnostic capabilites.   Would be interested in others thoughts

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  • That’s excellent, Dr. Touger. You might reach out to Dr. Ann Colbert (@Ann Colbert)  who I believe is currently down in Tijuana.  I also have some contacts doing work out of Nogales, but I think it is less busy there.

    Let me ask around regarding the Butterfly iQ. I haven’t used that exact one, but I will check with my colleagues. Ultrasound is certainly so useful particularly in underserved settings.  

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    • Micaela Theisen DDR.

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  • Thanks for getting back so quickly.

    Regarding the Butterfly iQ, I am ER trained and could use it in the field with pregnant patients, screening nonspecific abdominal pain, probably not much else. 

    I am not confident regarding its overall utility/reliability and would hope to learn from anyone else's experience. I did read a very enthusiastic report in the NY Times about its use in an African rural setting.

    Regarding volunteer work in Tijuana, I live in NYC and so Saturday clinics won't work for me. Do you know of any longer term clinical projects treating the migrant population? I plan to return with NYSNA to Tijuana and Suchiete next year.

    I appreciate any info.

    Mike Touger

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  • Hi all, 

    CADUS (Cadus.org) is a Berlin-based NGO helping to run a hospital in Al-Hawl refugee camp in NE Syria along with the Kurdish Red Crescent and other orgs. They are urgently in need of physicians for 4-8 week paid opportunity (+ about 2 weeks unpaid time waiting in Erbil, Iraq for paperwork). Right now the need is only for physicians. I have been to Al-Hawl (and am regularly in Erbil, Iraq) and am happy to discuss conditions, safety, security, etc if interested. Please let me know if you have questions. You can apply on their website or I can introduce you via email to the Berlin team.

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      Micaela Theisen  Micaela:

      Yes, I am interested in learning more.

      Can you tell me more about:

      the patient population; trauma?, general medical care?

      security issues are certainly a concern.

      Mike Touger (I have EM and FP training)

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    • Michael Touger  I will send you a message. I typed a long response a couple days ago on shoddy internet and I see now that it hasn’t posted. 

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  • Med Global is looking for Helping Babies Breathe instructors for a trip to Yemen Nov 7-23. More details at medglobal.org/yemen

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