Team volunteers from Bethel University consisted of a medical doctor, who is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, a professor of nursing, a pharmacist and seventeen Nursing and PA students. Once they arrived in Belize, they traveled aboard a school bus down to the Toledo district, which is in the southern portion of the country arriving late that evening.
First the team sorts all of the donations they received including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, dental products and personal hygiene items. The team made individual packets of medication such as ibuprofen, Tylenol and vitamins which could be easily dispensed at the various clinics.
Half of the team works in the village of Machakila. A three-hour bus ride on dirt roads and then seven mile hike in to Machakila, on the Guatemalan boarder. The team attended to eighty patients in the same day. The remaining team members saw patients in the villages of San Marco and Mabilha providing free healthcare to all that attended the clinics. The remainder of the week, the team worked together seeing patients in three larger villages and in total they were able to see 926 patients with ailments ranging from simple fungal infections to new onset diabetes and hypertension.
The donated MDF instruments were not only useful in clinics, but were also donated to each clinic location so that these communities can continue to monitor and care for patients until Bethel University returns.
“Thanks to your donation, we were able to leave several of the village health workers, a stethoscope and B/P cuff after instructing them in its use to monitor the blood pressure of the village residents. They were very pleased to have the equipment since these positions are voluntary and many of them lack the resources to acquire equipment on their own.”
~Patrick Cafferty, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Associate Professor and Clinical Director
Bethel University PA Program