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Yapacani, Bolivia

Medical Ministry International
From : 02-09-2019 To : 02-23-2019
Country : Bolivia
City : Yapacani
Position Needed : Medical Ophthalmologist
Surgical Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmology fellow
Ophthalmology resident
Ophthalmic Assistant
Ophthalmic Technician
Ophthalmic Scrub
Registered Nurse
Host : Francis Perez, Dr. Paola Lixany Gil, Warren Méndez, DDS
Team leader : Dr. Joe Fammartino, Barbara Skinner
Collaborating Organization : MMI Bolivia
Term : Short Term
Length : 1 or 2 weeks
Speciality : General
Languages : English
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Mission Details : MMI will facilitate a two week vision project to Yapacani, Bolivia from February 9-23, 2019. Options available for one or two weeks commitment. MMI sent our first medical team to Bolivia in 2003, and North American volunteers with MMI continue to support the MMI Bolivia project leaders and team today. Yapacani is one of the poorest counties of the states of Santa Cruz. In Yapacani, there is one General Practice Physician per every 2,800 inhabitants. Three dentists, four OB-GYN doctors, one general surgeon, and one pediatrician attend to the population. Ongoing prevention programs are not currently available and the number of preventable diseases is considerably growing. This project needs a comprehensive vision care team including Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Nurses, Technicians and Non-Medical Support Team Members. Vision care projects are focused in urban areas, and include opportunities for local medical personnel to receive training. These large projects typically see a high volume of patients looking for all types of services, including cataract surgeries. The MMI team will provide screening for pathology, surgical candidates, and refractive error. The optical component will dispense Rx and reading glasses to patients. On this project, by the request of the Municipality and the Municipal Department of Health, the team will provide the patients with an opportunity to have access to surgery in their own community by contributing a small but significant amount towards their procedure. The team will be staffed with North American volunteers and involve local staff when possible. Teams work Monday-Friday with the middle weekend off for relaxation. Participants make a project donation which covers all in-country expenses, including accomodations, meals, travel insurance, and malpractice insurance. Air fare is extra. Options available for one or two weeks commitment. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the people of Bolivia! For further information, please visit or contact the project team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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