Rebirth and Renewal: Happy Easter from MAP

During this Holy week, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for our sins. It is a story of unimaginable pain and suffering resulting in rebirth and renewal. 

Rebirth and renewal were on our minds when we read the story of Marisol, a shy little girl from rural Honduras. Born with a severe club foot, Marisol was orphaned by her parents and left in the care of her grandmothers. At six-years-old, Marisol has never attended school – she rarely leaves her home. 

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A Mother's Gift from God

The young mother drew the blanket close to shade her baby. The sun burned down on Susanna and the hundreds of others waiting patiently in line, hoping to see a doctor. Born just weeks before in rural Honduras, her baby boy was a gift from God. As her stomach throbbed in pain as she held her child, she prayed the line would move faster.

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Medicine and Hope in Honduras

When members of MAP staff walked into the clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were surprised by the long line of patients. Many of those waiting were local farmers or fishermen and had traveled for hours to the community health center hoping to see a doctor, or to obtain much-needed medicine. 

The line of patients wrapped around the waiting room and out the door.

Topics: Health Medicines Honduras

Treating the Young and Old in Honduras: Medical Missions at Work

From a distance, Mary watched the 88-year-old woman attempting to cross the crowded schoolyard with her grandson. He steadied her elbow as they tried to navigate the maze of people, her walker shuffled in the dirt.

So many local residents were in line that day in Yoro, Honduras. So many were hoping to see a doctor or nurse.

Worried the elderly woman would not make it to the physician’s area, Mary grabbed a fellow nurse practitioner. Together they guided the woman to the closest lawn chair. They believed it was better to treat the woman on the spot than attempt to walk the dirt paths to the doctors’ area.

Topics: Honduras medical missions

Hands Helping Hands: Life-Changing Surgeries in Honduras

Every parent remembers the first time they laid eyes on their newborn child. We stare in amazement at the baby’s face; we brush our cheek against theirs. And then perhaps, we place their tiny palm or foot in our own hand to feel their touch and count fingers and toes.

As joyful as this moment can be, some mothers and fathers experience a different range of emotions at this time. This can be a time when we first discover a genetic anomaly carried into the world by our newborn child.

This was the experience of a mother who recently met up with a MAP International-supported medical mission team in Honduras.

When the physicians and healthcare providers with the Touching Hands Project arrived at the Ruth Paz Burn and Pediatric Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were introduced to children with a variety of impairments to their hands - some critical, all requiring attention.

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Making the Path Straight to Global Health: Saving Lives Together

A few short weeks ago we were hand delivering very special cargo, as the plane turned at an extreme angle into Tequcigalpa, Honduras, one of the world’s most dangerous airstrips, I hoped that we would land safely for this momentous occasion.  When the plane safely met land, our group was thrilled, we would be able to deliver our medicines to a clinic in need and reach the $5 billion mark in medicines delivered by MAP International.  We have delivered medicines and medical supplies for 60 years, to over 100 countries, impacting millions of people, but for me, this will be the most memorable shipment.

 This team encompassed some of the best Georgia leaders to provide health, hope and a better way of life to people living in remote villages in Honduras.  It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to not only see the lives changed by what we do, but to interact with the missionaries carrying out our life’s work.  This was so much more than delivering our medicines to those in need, this was joining with the Atlanta community to change lives in Honduras through global health.

This week in Honduras was completely out of the norm for our typically journeys, and for that I am eternally grateful because it’s not every day that we get to see the full scope of how medicines change lives and how the leaders of Atlanta make a difference worldwide.

In Tequcigalpa we joined with Honduras Outreach Inc (HOI) based in Atlanta as well as The HAVE Foundation’s Wilderness Team, made up of mostly Atlanta Rotarians to make the 7 hour bus ride to the Agalta Valley.

The remote Agalta Valley has 50,000 inhabitants that HOI and HAVE partner with to improve their lives through education and health care.  At MAP, we see the HOI clinic as the heart of the Agalta Valley community.  We had the honor of bringing enough antibiotics from two Atlanta based pharmaceutical companies to last the clinic an entire year, as well as one of our Johnson & Johnson Medical Mission Packs that is packed with the best donated J&J products to treat a wide range of conditions.    We were also pleased to see medical equipment from MedShare, another Atlanta based NGO in the Agalta Valley clinic.

Each morning, members of the community come mostly by foot or horseback to be seen by the clinics impressive Dr. German Jimenez and his nurses. One mother walked over 30 minutes through a river with her sick infant son to receive medical care, the HOI clinic is the only clinic in the Agalta Valley and it has a vast impact. 

 

We were privileged to see hundreds of patients that week and each one left healthier than they arrived because of proper medical care.  On day 2, I was standing in front of the clinic staring down the long road that leads each patient there, watching a woman ride slowly towards me on a horse.  It was only after she dismounted that I saw the young child seated behind her. Mary was 7 and had a difficult time dismounting the horse, she never removed her hood from her head even though it was a very warm morning.  As she walked towards the clinic it was very apparent that she could barely stand, she was very sick.  This sweet little girl had been throwing up for days, more than likely from a parasite and was dehydrated.  The clinic treated her for the parasite and gave her Oral Rehydration Salts from MAP to rehydrate her.

The children at this clinic are much like our own, ear aches, coughs and simple infections that are easily treated with basic medicines.  The problem is that medicines are not readily available in the Agalta Valley, unless you come to the HOI clinic.  This clinic brightens the lives of the children in the community by providing them with medicines, medicines that can create a healthier happier life for a child with worms, a common cold or suffering from days of diarrhea.  These medicines are so important to the world and the people that we serve.

On our final day in Honduras we were honored to have the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez join MAP’s CEO, Steve Stirling in the Agalta Valley to receive MAP’s $5 billionth shipment of medicines and supplies delivered to over 100+ countries in 60 years.  “We’ve gone from $4 billion to $5 billion in just 3 short years, so why can’t we go from $5 billion to $10 billion in less time?” says MAP CEO Steve Stirling.  “Working through partners like HOI we can save even more lives.”

Topics: Medical Mission Packs medical relief Honduras Global Health

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