Helena College University of Montana

Base | Area | Cause, | Affiliation: Service Learning / School Funded | Volunteers: 1 Medical Doctor, 2 Registered Nurses, 1 Nurse Practitioner, 2 Dentists, 1 Social Worker and 9 Non-medical workers.


The summer of 2014 marked the inaugural mission for a team of medical practitioners from Helena College to the Brazilian Amazon. Lead by Dr. Don Skillman, the team spent two months aboard a medical boat traveling up the Amazon River through Brazil providing medical care, dental care and reading glasses to indigenous villages. In the span of two months they assisted over 500 villagers, replaced community healthy workers aging and failing equipment, and trained their guides to take vital signs, apply dental fluoride treatments, and even taught basic triage skills. This has become an annual medical mission for Helena College.

We proudly supported Helena College with the medical diagnostic equipment used for each of the clinics provided along the Amazon river. These instruments were donated to local community health workers who were trained by the Helena team and continue to provide screenings to the Amazon river communities year round.

Follow Dr. Skillman’s medical relief efforts on his blog here: http://amazondon2014.blogspot.com/

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