Amigos de Salud, which loosely translated means Friends of Health, provides medical and surgical care and supplies to people with limited resources in Central and South America. Under the direction of co-founders Nick Morrison, MD, and his wife Terri Morrison, RN, a team of more than 40 volunteer physicians, nurses, other clinicians and support staff travel to Central or South America every summer for more than 20 years, to provide free medical care.
During this week-long trip, the team will screen, evaluate and treat approximately 2,500 children and adults. “This is grassroots medical care,” explains Dr. Morrison “It is a remarkable experience for all concerned and embodies a unique one-on-one impact that is difficult to describe,” continues Dr. Morrison. “As medical professionals, we can give back in time and talent to individuals who desperately need our care.”
This humanitarian effort comprises a multi-specialty medical team of physicians from all over the world, specializing in general surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, vein disease, gynecology, family practice, anesthesiology and colorectal surgery, as well as an audiologist, and nurses with experience in numerous fields.
The volunteers of Amigos de Salud work throughout the year to gather equipment and donations, so they can set up and perform complex operations in a matter of days. The “Amigos” group has no paid staff and no overhead, therefore 100% of donations go directly to the volunteer effort. As you might imagine, this is a huge endeavor only made possible by generous supporters. Donated medical services, equipment, supplies, medications, and money are essential to the continuing success of these all-volunteer trips. All volunteers not only donate their time and skill, they also pay for their own airfare, trip expenses and some equipment. Sutures, operating room equipment, anesthesia machinery, gloves, gowns, drapes, antibiotics, dressings, IVs, etc. are all purchased or donated. The Morrisons purchase compression stockings to bring along for those in need of vein care.
Amigos volunteers are working frivolously to prepare for their upcoming trip to Nicaragua at the end of July. The group packs all supplies into these bins and takes them on the airplane with them.
Excerpted from Article By Steve Gilbert, Perfectify Magazine
Posted By Kelly Lorenzen