The 2018 FANA GL medical mission was held on January 26, 27 & 28th, in which most of the officers began arriving in Manila, Philippines on January 19, 2018. The transport costs for medical and surgical supplies brought by the volunteers lead by Dr E. Bedia was again waived by Delta Airlines as having privileges due to organization’s goal in delivering humanitarian services.
Everyone proceeded to Ramon Isabela on the 25th and on the 26th, we conducted a pre-mission conference to assess the site of the mission, organize by setting up and provide assignments for the volunteers. This included the addition of five medical and surgical staff from the local 7th Day Adventist Hospital.
The two day medical mission served over 2,694 patients who were unable to afford medical/surgical, optical and pediatric care. One of the clinical areas that were very popular, included the optical station where individuals who were not able to afford an eye doctor appointment, or buy reading glasses were provided a free eye exam and reading glasses.
Summary Data of Services Provided:
Medical Consult & Services: 580 patients
Pediatrics: 280 patients
Pharmacy: 932 prescriptions
Minor Surgery: 66 patients
Optical Services (reading): 988 patients
Blood sugar Testing: 180 patients
Total number of services rendered: *3,026
*including patients requiring multiple services
At the conclusion of the services, a post-mission exit conference was conducted to evaluate our performances, and identified improvements and needs for future missions. All remaining medications and surgical supplies were donated to the local hospital and public clinics.
The Mayor of Ramon Isabela and the community held an awarding ceremony and celebration for the volunteers in appreciation and gratitude for their humanitarian efforts. The following day, the governor of Ramon Isabela invited the group to attend a large scale event, the “Scarecrow Festival” attended by thousands of people from the entire towns across the province. We were honored with front row seating by the Governor himself, and presented our organization to the festival attendees. The local emergency response team requested for our assistance if any medical emergencies emerged during this celebration, which we benevolently accepted. Fortunately, there were no incidents.
Our mission was broadcasted through live media reports to local town, as well as the entire region by the Provincial major television networks. For more information click here.
FANA GL was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization and is grateful to be the recipient of free medications, reading glasses and supplies every year by our charitable partners. We also appreciate Delta Airlines for their continued support of our travel needs. All our volunteers are also appreciated, as they offer their own time and finance their own travel expenses to provide quality health care to struggling communities and to our local counterparts and provincial government in their assistance and securities during the entire events.Our next medical mission will be held in Lipa City and Padre Garcia, Batangas, Philippines . An official date to be announced