Dominican Republic Medical Expedition
Study Medical Science & Public Health in the Dominican Republic
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Upon arrival, meet the team transportation to our base camp. After settling into our team lodging, you will have some time to explore and get ready for our team meeting! Your first day of clinic is tomorrow, so we will go over clinic protocols, patient care guidelines, safety and security, how we work together as a team, schedules, and much more. Dinner and a good night’s sleep are the final items on today’s agenda.
Get up a bit late today – clinic will start after religious services end. Take a few minutes to take in the view! This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Dominican Republic! We’ll be in clinic all day, followed by a pickup baseball game. Come to play or come to cheer – either way, you are in for a fun evening!
The days will fly by as we see patients with a variety of acute and chronic complaints. There are lots of children (including adolescents) in the communities we will be working in, and we expect there to be a need for pre-natal and dental care.
You will have time to shop, explore or head to the beach!
Clinic day! At the end of clinic we will transfer to our hotel in Santo Domingo. You will be flying home tomorrow!
You will be heading back to the US or moving on to your next destination today. You will take a shuttle to the airport or join the team transportation back to the airport. Take some time to reflect about your trip over a leisurely breakfast (dependent on flight times!) and say goodbye to your team and the beautiful Dominican Republic.
¡Bienvenidos a la República Dominicana!
The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is also a country where water supply, deforestation, and soil erosion are posing a great threat to the country. The coral reefs surrounding the island are also in harm’s way, decreasing the fish that the people of the coastal regions need to survive. 30% of the population is unemployed and more than 20% of the workforce is underemployed. The poor water quality throughout the island is responsible for many health problems and increasing infectious disease. More than 2 million Haitian immigrants, most of them undocumented, live in the Dominican Republic working in high labor, low wage, unskilled jobs and receiving no services from the government.
In partnership with International Medical Relief, it will be your group’s priority to provide care for the people of the Dominican Republic who can’t access care. We will be traveling to villages surrounding the province to provide patients with much needed health care services, dental care, education and medications. We will care for families, the elderly, refugee workers, and more. All community members are invited to attend and even those who are there for the training and education on health topics will come with their families for guidance in how to stay healthy and care for their children. This area lacks clean water and we anticipate treating a lot of diseases as a result of this. Various skin infections, respiratory infections, fungal infections and infectious diseases are all common to the area.
Interested in adding or modifying activities? No problem! All Worldwide Navigator itineraries can be customized to your liking!
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