Lircay, Huancavelica Mission: August 8-22, 2015
From August 8-22, 2015, Dr. Ralph Kuon will lead the third medical mission to the hospital in Lircay, Huancavelica. The mission anticipates that more than 1,000 patients will receive care and that 40 plus procedures and surgeries will be performed. If you are seeking to travel with a purpose, the mission would love to have you join them to provide much needed services to patients in the area. In addition to providing medical care, the mission hopes to make continued improvements to the hospital’s physical plant. The goal of these improvements is to increase the hospital’s capacity to 50 beds. To accomplish this, the mission will require $30,000 dollars to purchase equipment that can’t be brought from the U.S., to upgrade the current system for the disposal of contaminated materials, to build a better laundry facility, and to create a much needed pediatric and adult ICU. Online donations for these improvements can be made by clicking this link, scrolling down to select the Huancavelica Mission, and clicking the Donate tab to complete your online donation.
With generous donations in 2013 and 2014, the mission helped to expand the capacity and capabilities of this 16-bed hospital, which serves a community of 65,000. Minas Buenaventura, the mission’s major supporter, gave funds to build an additional 10-bed ward, to purchase a ventilator, to pay shipping costs, and to support the mission volunteers. Direct Relief International donated a container of medical supplies, which included among other things, six hospital beds, an electro-cauterizer, and a defibrillator. During the mission, volunteers also painted the interior of the hospital.
The team in 2014 saw 1,419 patients and performed 54 procedures. Patients were initially seen in one of the twelve consultation tents, and then directed to one of the following services for follow-up: odontology, general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, thoracic and cardiovascular services, general surgery, or plastic and reconstructive surgery. Women for the World, a nonprofit organization of women seeking to provide medical services to underprivileged communities, temporarily equipped and operated in the hospital’s second non-functioning operating room, and thirty students served as translators for the mission’s physicians.