Ticuantepe 2002:   Mission Report | Clinic Site | The Line | Registration | Screening | Eye Exams | Dispensary | Eye Surgery | Dental | Medical | Pharmacy | Mobility | Invitation | Roster | Thank You Dinner | Rest and Recreation

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NEVOSH Ticuantepe, January 2002

We are now back from a successful 4-day volunteer healthcare mission to Ticuantepe, Nicaragua in January 2002.

We have a number of pages of photos from the trip, available via the links at the top and bottom of each page that look like this:

Ticuantepe 2002:   Mission Report | Clinic Site | The Line | Registration | Screening | Eye Exams | Dispensary | Eye Surgery | Dental | Medical | Pharmacy | Mobility | Invitation | Roster | Thank You Dinner | Rest and Recreation

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Dr. Jonathan Wasserstein has written a Mission Report, excerpted below:

Greetings to members of Northeast VOSH and all of our friends,

We have just returned from our annual mission to Central America, and below is a report of some of what we did during the last week.

On the 19th of January 2002, seventy people from around the world put their lives on hold for a week to help people who are less fortunate. Many members of the group started their commute as early as 1:30 that morning. Most of us assembled in Miami airport, and we left en masse on a flight to Managua.

Upon our arrival, we then traveled by bus to our hotel in Jinotepe, which took about an hour and a half. The members of our group that had not previously been to a third world country got an education very quickly. For the second time in three years, we stayed at the Casa Grande Hotel—a nice hotel by Central American standards. One unfortunate problem with the hotel was that they took away some of our room reservations at the last minute, forcing many of our members into triple and quadruple rooms. From what we’ve been told, occurrences like this are not uncommon. A quote sometimes heard is “Así es Nicaragua, así es mi país” which translates to “This is Nicaragua, this is my country.” Some members of the group made travel arrangements on their own, so when we had a group dinner on Saturday night, it was the first time the entire group was together. We were given some basic information about the trip from Joe England, who led the mission, and Stu Zipper, who was in Nicaragua a week before everyone else and helped put things together before our arrival. Following dinner was a long night’s sleep for most of us.

Unlike previous years, we were not sponsored by SILAIS, the local ministry of health. In addition, we did not have a local service organization as our host. Instead, both jobs were performed by the mayor’s office of Ticuantepe, the town where our clinic was held. The mayor’s name is Salvadore Ampie Perez. Normally we try to avoid affiliating ourselves with any type of political organization. However we were assured by trusted members of the major opposing political party that there would not be any partisanship related to the mission. The mayor and his staff were extremely helpful during the entire week of our stay in Nicaragua. Also aiding us were Vidal Ruiz and his wife Adilia. Vidal works for the ministry of health in La Concepción, where our mission was held two years ago, and is also a native of Ticuantepe. Adilia was instrumental in making arrangements before we arrived—and did it all despite having a baby five months before our arrival.

This year, another group joined VOSH-Northeast. This trip was the inaugural mission for VOSH-Nederland (VOSH-Netherlands in English.) For those who read my mission report from last year, you’ll know that I was teaching optometry in The Netherlands at the time of that mission, and with one of my students flew in to join everyone. When we returned, we told everyone about what we did, and decided to form our own VOSH chapter. For this year’s mission, eight Dutch students paid their own way and joined us on the mission. They acquitted themselves very well, and are planning to join us again next year. In the future they will likely have missions closer to home, but for the present they have made an excellent addition to the group.

On Sunday morning we went to the clinic site for the first time. For those who have never gone with us, we set up our clinic in a school. During the time of our missions, school is in recess, so space is not a problem. The school in Ticuantepe was sponsored by the government of Luxembourg, and was quite well kept by local standards. This was obvious as there were toilet seats in the bathrooms, which has not always been the case. The school has four buildings surrounding a central courtyard. One building held our registration area, vision screening, and dentistry in its three rooms. Another had four rooms for eye exams. A third held our eyeglass dispensary, pharmacy, and storage. The final building was where our medical practitioners worked.

Read more of Juan Carlos' mission report by clicking here.

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Ticuantepe 2002:   Mission Report | Clinic Site | The Line | Registration | Screening | Eye Exams | Dispensary | Eye Surgery | Dental | Medical | Pharmacy | Mobility | Invitation | Roster | Thank You Dinner | Rest and Recreation

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