Iowa MOST educational outreach

Iowa MOST has always done some type of educational outreach within the surrounding community of Huehuetenango, but over the past three or four years this has grown.  There are a number of reasons why outreach is an important aspect of the annual mission: it helps build relationships within the community, it supports projects that local…

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Day 6: Innovations and Iowa MOST

In order for any project to thrive for the long-term, constant revisions and innovation must take place.  Iowa MOST is a project that has been adept at this, and has therefore been able to add new medical services as well as outreach to the scope of the project when it makes sense, and stay relevant…

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Day 5: The Dental Team

Integral to the success of the Iowa MOST mission is the dental team, and while not all cleft lip/cleft palate projects have them, the dental team has been a part of the project since the beginning.  Dr. Bill Gates, a dentist in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, is on his 8th trip here with…

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Day 4: Sugeries

Note: we are rejoining the blog after technical difficulties (see our Facebook page for write-ups about screening day and the first day of surgeries). This morning I observed my first surgery–que milagro!  The team operates two OR rooms and six-month old Maria Guadalupe was scheduled for the cleft lip surgery in OR #1 first thing…

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Day One: Preparation and reunion

The team had a busy but wonderful day today.  Many old friends were reunited and new friendships were forged.  The Hospital Especialdades and Dr. Oscar Marraquin and his staff were gracious and welcoming, making way for the 37-member team and all of our supplies.   After delivering, unpacking and readying things at the hospital for…

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Iowa MOST 2017 mission will begin this week!

This week marks the departure of the Iowa MOST team for the 2017 mission to Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It will be the 12th year of this successful Rotary project, thanks in large part to the amazing partnership between the Iowa medical team, District 6000 Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango, and Dr. Oscar Marroquin, and…

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Thanks to all who bought salmon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Alaskan salmon fundraiser. It was a huge success and we hope to do it again next year!

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Dental Outreach to Remote Schools in the Western Highlands

February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday … Reflections from Team Member Susie Poulton Today some members of our Iowa MOST team went to visit three schools in the highlands of Guatemala. The sky was cloudless and the scenery was beautiful as we were driven another 5,000 feet into the mountains on very windy roads.  The first…

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The Mission Comes to a Close

Final thoughts from District 6000 Governor Elect Chris Knapp Our time in Huehuetenango was drawing to a close. Tomorrow, Friday, we begin our trip back to Iowa City via Antigua.  In preparation of our return and to complete this year’s Iowa MOST mission to Guatemala the medical team had their opportunity to participate in two…

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Guatemalan Highlands

Reflections from  Rotary District 6000 President Elect Chris Knapp When you visit the villages and schools in the highlands of Guatemala, throw out any preconceived notions of what a school should look like or what school supplies and materials are available to the students.  You can even throw out the image you may have of…

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