Frequently Asked Questions
What does the trip cost cover?
The cost covers the airfare, lodging, meals (breakfast & dinner), transportation in country, and airport taxes. You may need to bring snacks for your lunch since most of the clinics are in remote areas. You will want to bring a little money for souvenirs
What will I do on the trip?
An overview of a MOH clinic
MOH teams are generally made up of physicians, nurses ( both RN, LPN), a pharmacists, non-medical lay people for evangelism and general assist. Most teams have 2-3 physicians, 5-7 nurses, 2-3 pharmacists (residents), and 8-10 lay people. We operate in remote locations and do not require electricity. Most clinics are located in church buildings, existing community centers, or even local homes. In hot climates, we may work outside, using tree shade wherever possible. Team members work in the following stations: registration, vital signs, exam area which includes minor surgery, pharmacy, and sharing the gospel. Translators are needed and assist at each station. Patients start in registration to record their name, age, chief complaint, allergies and any other pertinent information. Nurses or lay personnel will take vital signs. The physicians and nurses examine the patients; determine medication or minor surgery needs, record medication prescriptions on the paper from registration, then send the patient to the pharmacy. The pharmacy is the beehive of the operation! We will fill 500-1,000 plus prescriptions each day (approximately 150-200 patients seen per day). While patients are waiting at the pharmacy, our evangelism team members can often pray with the patients, or share Scripture with the patients. The De-worming medication Albendazole is given to all non-pregnant women, children, and adults. We need to have at least two doors in the facility so that patients can be registered at one door, then move smoothly through the clinic and exit through a side or back door (near pharmacy). Translators are essential in the Pharmacy area and assist at stations to ask questions the health care worker may need to ask. Our teams frequently sleep in one location, then travel each day to a "clinic" site. We try to have team members to be reasonably comfortable. We do not require 4 or 5 star accommodations. Ideally, if the accommodations provide a bed and mattress, shower or bath facilities, and a toilet, most people will be very happy. Air conditioning is nice in very hot climates but not always available.
My passport expires shortly after the trip. Can I still use it for this trip?
No, you will need to update your passport. There should be at least 6 months left for travel at the time of the trip.
What vaccines are required?
Recommended vaccines vary for by country. The Center for Disease Control website's "Travel" section is used to determine what type of vaccines or medicine are required for the area where you will be traveling.