The Moose Jaw Worldwide Medical Mission (MJIM) is busy making ready for its journey to Guatemala in early February. The Group of about 40 shall be leaving for Central America on February 2.
Shauna Sinclair, who works at 15 Wing Moose Jaw as an plane technician, is a member of the range set up workforce heading to Guatemala. This shall be her third mission journey for her.
There shall be two range set up groups touring south this 12 months. The objective is for every workforce to put in 23 stoves.
“Once they do their cooking down there, they’ve little open fires that they’ve in a constructing,” Sinclair defined. “What occurs is that each one the smoke goes to the roof after which it makes soot, and it will get down they usually breathe that in on a regular basis. They find yourself getting a smoker’s lung stage. We’re placing in stoves that truly vent by means of their roof, so they do not must inhale that in.”
She notes each household that will get a range, additionally receives a water filtration system
“They drink quite a lot of pop, so these clay filters are made there and we set up them they usually can have clear consuming water in 24 hours.”
The folks receiving the stoves and water filtration programs are past elated.
“It adjustments them for generations,” continued Sinclair. “You go in and have an effect on a household and they’d by no means have had hope of this in generations. To do that, it simply provides their households hope for the longer term.”
Native nurse Jackie Wilson may also be returning to Guatemala this 12 months. This shall be her eighth journey from her. The earlier seven included six with MJIMM and an additional mission with a separate group. Wilson began planning for her first journey of hers again in 2015.
There shall be three medical groups going this 12 months, in comparison with two in earlier years.
“There is no finish of the sufferers which can be determined to have surgical remedy down there they usually simply haven’t got means to have the ability to get it every other method actually,” she stated. “The folks that we work with are extraordinarily poor and there is simply not entry for them to have the ability to get surgical remedy. The hospital that we work with there may be very small they usually do all the pieces they’ll for his or her group however they simply haven’t got a surgical workforce or any of the surgical provides that they want to have the ability to do this.”
Wilson notes the surgical procedures they’re going to be doing are pretty straight ahead circumstances as a result of they cannot do something too harmful the place they’re staying.
“There’s not an entire lot of different medical help in the neighborhood,” she commented. “We make it possible for our sufferers are literally nonetheless fairly wholesome they usually’re procedures that we’d do right here in Moose Jaw. Possibly they might keep in a single day, possibly one night time in hospital right here. Everybody stays in a single day in Guatemala, once we do it. Quite a lot of our procedures could be thought of extra of a day-surgery process.”
The medical groups shall be doing a variety of operations.
“We do repair quite a lot of big hernias. We repair quite a lot of gallbladder points…That is an enormous one. They’re fairly predisposed to that type of problem down there,” Wilson commented. “This 12 months now we have two gynecology groups that we will be working with in addition to that normal workforce. We’ll be doing numerous girls’s well being surgical procedures. A lot of hysterectomies, and restore work. These sorts of issues.”
The group shall be spending every week in Guatemala within the mountainous area of Patzùn. The medical workforce may have not less than 5 full OR [Operating Room] days and can see lots of of sufferers over that point. The plan is to finish about 56 surgical procedures, essentially the most they’ve ever achieved.
Wilson says performing surgical procedures there may be much more difficult than what she’s aware of right here in Moose Jaw.
“You are working in a special area than you are used to. You are working with hand-me-down gear that will get the job achieved but it surely’s undoubtedly not as environment friendly or as high-quality because the stuff that now we have right here It’s all the time only a problem managing what we use down there as a result of we solely have a extremely restricted quantity of provides for what we take down.It isn’t like right here on the hospital the place you can simply go to the again room and discover a couple of extra of the issues that you just want if one thing occurs, or one thing will get wrecked or dropped or something like that.”
This 12 months’s medical workforce will embrace contributors from Moose Jaw and different places together with Vernon, BC, Saskatoon, Gravelbourg, and Regina.
The Moose Jaw Worldwide Medical Mission shall be working with Clinica Corpus Christi, which is a small hospital and orphanage.
These fascinated by supporting the mission can go to https://bridgesofhope.ca/undertaking/moose-jaw-medical-mission/. Funds raised will permit the workforce to buy sterile provides, medicines, bandages and different devices.
There are a variety of the way to point out help:
$50 for one Days for Women equipment
$400 can sponsor a house equipment
$100 for surgical procedure
$2500 to sponsor a day within the OR, or a day within the medical clinic
The Moose Jaw workforce can also be working intently with Days For Women.