Safety and Flexibility

Safety and Flexibility. The most important watchword of the Iowa MOST mission is Safety.  After Safety comes the importance of Flexibility. So what happens when a hopeful individual appears in the midst of the week after patients have already been screened and placed on the schedule for surgery?  Such a situation arose this week as it…

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La Escuela de las Nubes

Today some of the Iowa MOST team members did outreach while the final surgeries were done at Hospital de Especialdades.  The journey requires a couple of 4-wheel drive pickup trucks, supplies of fluoride treatment and deworming medication, the Rotary spirit of “Service Above Self”, and a little taste for adventure. A few years ago, the…

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A Journey of Hope

It began with a text.  An aunt sees a poster for this year’s Iowa MOST mission and wonders if it might help her nephew. She texts a photo of the poster to the parents.  They call the number on the poster and talk with local Rotarian David Ramos. He encourages them to come.  They leave…

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Built to Last

  The 15th Year The first day of surgeries is kicking off here in Huehuetenango!  2020 is the 15th anniversary of Iowa MOST.  We have been reflecting on the many people who have contributed to our success over the years.  We are grateful for all those who have come before us.  We are also lucky…

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Screening Day 2020!

There is nothing like screening day.  Many say it is their favorite day even though it is often the longest day of the week.  It is humbling to see parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers waiting patiently to have an opportunity to receive medical care. Some of the children have never been to the hospital before….

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Better Vision in 2020

We are excited to say that Iowa MOST in 2020 includes a cataract mission!  The need for cataract surgery here is clear. Several years ago Huehuetenango Rotary Club member Dr. Solorzano and Juan Francisco Fernandez, Executive Director of Casa Colibri brought the suggestion to team leader Deb Dunkhase. The Rotary Wheel The success of the…

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Wednesday 2-6-19: Can I take them all home with me?

The surgical team is performing the last lip and palate repairs in the operating rooms today, and is taking pride in being able to treat every child that showed up, and was healthy enough to receive a safe surgery. While this is going on, the rest of the team embarkeds upon another outreach mission today…

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Tuesday 2-5-19: The little school above the clouds…

Next to the regular surgery schedule a part of our team was venturing out to a little school tucked half way into the mountain range rising steeply up behind Huehuetenango. It is amazing how the landscape, infrastructure and with it, the standard of living changes within only 30 mins of a bumpy ride in a…

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Fundacion Salvacion – an orphanage in Huehuetenango

This post is to introduce a humanitarian project to you that runs under the sponsorship of our local Rotarian friend, Dr. Cesar Temaj at the Salus I clinic: The “Fundacion Salvacion” is an orphanage just outside of Huehuetenango and serves as a transient or permanent shelter for orphans or otherwise abandoned people. Usually the family…

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Monday 2-4-19: A full day of surgeries

Today is a “full power” day. The team starts early and heads out to the hospital after a joint 6:30 breakfast & briefing. We have 7 surgical interventions under general anesthesia in our two operating rooms and 4 procedures in the dental clinic on the list. There are two little patients on the list who…

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