Attached please find pictures of Kendon, the 4 year old little boy who received hearing aids donated by Kayser Hearing, Des Moines, Iowa during our 2009 medical mission. He will need aggressive speech therapy to help him along the way!
Our mission this year was to seize every opportunity to help the children who came to us for medical care and, in so doing, to create new knowledge that will help children throughout Jamaica. The children we saw taught us an important lesson through the sheer force of their courage what it means to persevere, achieve and inspire against the odds.
The team of 38 medical volunteers includes Pediatricians, Surgeons, Biomedical Engineers, Lab Technicians, Pharmacists, Dietitian-Nutritionist, Pediatric Nephrologists, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Nurse Practitioners and Pediatric Nurses. We were committed to expand the educational horizons of those same communities through a series of conferences, lectures, and hands-on training for the local pediatric providers, nursing, and biomedical engineering staff. Clinics were held at Port Maria, Annotto Bay, Islington and Retreat Health Centers, along with the Windsor Girls Home in the Ocho Rios area. Week two was spent at Grange Hill, Darliston, Lambs River, Williamsfield Health Centers in the Negril area. We were excited to provide pediatric medical care for the Couples Resorts children at Couples Tower Isle, Sans Souci, Negril and Swept Away resorts.
Since the inception of the medical mission in 2005, more than 4,800 children have received free medical care. This year, the figure increased significantly as some 200 boxes of medical supplies, valued at US$100,000, were brought in by the group. All children were screened with weights and heights to evaluate for malnutrition. Children aged 9 months to 2 years of age were screened for anemia. Children diagnosed with malnutrition, anemia, picky eaters, and cerebral palsy were referred to the nutritionist for counseling. All children were given vitamins, provided free medications if needed, free fluoride treatments, a toothbrush along with a toy or book.
Biomedical Engineer, Travis Knottek, joined the group in Negril and spent a day at the Savannah La Mar hospital to help to identify equipment deficiencies and problems, make repairs if possible, and collaborated with hospital staff.
To all who helped from Kayser Hearing, thank you for helping a children hear so that he too can reach his potential!