In April 2013, 8 pharmacy students and 3 professors from the University of Louisiana at Monroe teamed up with Southeastern Medical International to deliver healthcare screenings and medication to the people of the Dominican Republic.
We stayed in Puerto Plata with another amazing organization, Until They Know. Over the course of the week, we set up free clinics and made house calls to many patients in the surrounding villages.
Each medical team consisted of a doctor, a pharmacy professor, two pharmacy students, and a translator. We diagnosed and dispensed medications for a wide variety of ailments, from mild to life-threatening, conducted blood pressure and glucose screenings, and provided de-worming, vitamin supplements, dietary advice, lifestyle recommendations, and taught physical therapy exercises to whomever we could.
Almost every person we saw was in need of some type of medical intervention, which only emphasizes how needed medical mission work is. Thank you very much to the generous people at the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for helping us make this trip a reality and helping improve the quality of life of the people of the Dominican Republic.