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Medical Mission/ Outreach
he clinic in Honduras is located on the Baxter Institute’s 13 acre campus in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. As you fly in, the urban sprawl is evident, with small houses lining every inch of the hillside and contributing to the recent growth of the city from an estimated 1 million people in 2000 to over 1.7 million today. The communities surrounding the Baxter Institute are some of the poorest in the Capitol City, and many of the patients’ families earn less than $1 per capita per day. The VCOM clinics open to the citizens of these neighborhoods each morning.
VCOM and Baxter have partnered to operate a medical clinic, dental clinic, and pharmacy. The average number of patients seen by the medical and dental clinics each day is 40. In addition, Baxter also offers a nutrition program for malnourished children and their mothers. Each month, participants receive rice, beans and other basic food items as a means of helping to improve the nutrition levels for these vulnerable children and at the same time enhance their chance of survival. In addition to participating in the clinic activities, 3rd and 4th year students rotating in Honduras have the opportunity to work with a local physician in the nearby hospital assisting in the Emergency and Obstetrics / Gynecology departments.Typical patient cases seen at the clinic include: upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal ailments, parasites, diabetes, hypertension, and dengue.
VCOM partners with an international medical school in each developing country where the missions are provided. Both VCOM and international students benefit from the exchange of knowledge resulting in a sustainable improvement of health care.Our commitment to global health by establishing local health clinics and responding to disasters is discussed further in our overview of Medical Missions and in each Mission site Web page of the Medical Missions section. Click below or on the links to the right to go to information on Appalachia, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.