Sunday, December 31, 2017

Medical Mission, Day 1: Welcome Meeting

We arrived Wednesday night and dove right into work on Thursday morning at Can Tho Central General Hospital. Before seeing patients, we had our traditional welcome meeting with the Director and Vice Director of the hospital and the head of orthopedics.

The director shared some interesting statistics with us.
  • Nearly 1 in 1000 people in Vietnam has an extremity deformity
  • Extreme lower deformities are the most common.
  • The hospital gathers patients from about 75 different locations to fix deformities. 
These are some of the reasons our team comes to Can Tho.

The director expressed his appreciation for our team coming from multiple countries to work in Can Tho. He wished us all health and luck and hopes we can continue our missions here for many years.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Welcome to Vietnam!

The IEP team arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) on Wednesday, converging from multiple locations. Eighteen of us met at San Francisco International Airport on Christmas night and flew out shortly after midnight. We met up with Rob and Shannon Lehnert from New York during our short stopover in Taipei. Drs. Nyska and Palmanovich from Israel were waiting for us when we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City.

IEP's California contingent before the 26+ hour journey to Can Tho! We didn't look quite so chipper when we finally arrived :-)
It's truly an international team and everyone is focused on bringing help and care to the people here in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam. 

After arriving in HCMC, we gathered up our luggage and supplies -- 22 boxes of medical equipment, medications, and gifts for our patients. From there we got through Customs and filled two small buses -- one with people and luggage headed for the hotel, the other with the medical equipment headed for the hospital. We picked up crutches and additional medication before heading south into the delta to Can Tho. The bus ride was about four and a half hours but always seems longer because we're all eager to arrive in Can Tho.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Seven Days Until Vietnam

Bruce Lehnert introduces you to some of the 2018 mission team as they pack up supplies for the trip to Can Tho. Before we pack our own bags, we have to pack up all of the medical supplies and equipment that we take with us.

Many thanks to MedShare for helping to provide us with supplies. MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.