January 31, 2011

First Volunteer Day in El Salvador

Hola, we made it safely to San Salvador, El Salvador on Saturday night.  Sunday we unpacked and explored the local area.  Our clinic is located in Las Delicias, which is approximately 40 minutes away by bus.

This morning, we met the staff.  In addition, a local nurse, Morena works with the FIMRC clinic.  She is also part of the ministry of health for that area of San Salvador.  She does home visits throughout the community and focuses especially on pregnant women and ensuring children are up to date with their vaccinations. Today, she took us to several homes in the community and let us practice our interviewing skills as well as vaccination administration.

We had a lecture from the local physician, Eduardo, about common diagnoses and treatment.  We are excited to work with him and seeing patients.  Over the course of the next 4 weeks, we will be seeing lots of children, dispensing medication, and offering basic health education.  This will be an amazing 4 weeks!

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MSU CHM Saginaw said...

So glad to know you all arrived safe and sound. I am looking forward to hearing all about your experiences!

Anonymous said...

Yea! It looks like you are having a great time! Thanks for working so well as a team and for embracing all the learning that is planned ofr you! Have a great time!

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