Every year, our team (Cape CARES) sends volunteer teams to clinics — located in remote, mountainous areas of Honduras — to provide free access to care, with a mission to assist the people of these areas to achieve a higher level of well-being. We return three more times within the year, offering follow-up care to the locals we previously treated. The majority of the patients we see in Honduras work in agriculture, cultivating their own or nearby fields and are humble and incredibly grateful for the quality volunteer service we provide.
This past spring, we took 21 volunteers to Los Encinitos, a three-hour drive south of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Our team consisted of four medical doctors, six dentists, two registered nurses, five translators and four pre-professional volunteers. Our Honduran contact informs the residents of the 30 villages surrounding Los Encinitos of the dates our brigades via radio. This year, our brigade saw patients from approximately 25 villages and provided a range of treatments to the residents and the surrounding areas. Amazingly, many of the patients we saw had traveled for miles by horse, truck or foot to receive medical and/or dental help.
In the dental clinic, we treated 276 patients, providing 100 teeth cleanings, 204 fillings, 150 extractions and two root canals. Each patient received an oral hygiene kit consisting of one or more toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and instructions on how to properly brush and floss. These oral hygiene kits were made possible by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation‘s generous donation of 432 toothbrushes, floss kits and toothpastes. These oral hygiene products are worth their weight in gold in Honduras. We encourage every patient we see in the dental clinic, as well as in the medical clinic, to regularly brush and floss and to adjust their diet to improve their oral hygiene.
Cape CARES strives to provide quality services on site, as well as to educate the patients and help them adopt good health habits. Henry Schein‘s contribution to our mission in Honduras was invaluable! We hope to work together in the future to make health happen around the globe.