Thursday, April 14, 2016

Update from Helen Toma (an MS4 2016 Trip Leader)

"The spring trip happens every year in order to prep for the summer, as well as so the public health leaders can become more familiar with how things will work in country over the summer, and to meet some of the people involved in making things happen. This year, our first stop was in Choluteca, where we met with Silvia, our liaison at ASHONPLAFA. She helps us acquire all the medications we will need in country, coordinates for all of our pap smear slides to get sent to Tegucigalpa and read, and is very diligent about helping women get the follow-up care they need. While in Choluteca, we were also able to meet with women who work for the Oficina Municipal de la Mujer, an organization that works to help and empower women experiencing domestic violence. The women there were able to explain to us the resources offered, as well as how women can obtain them.

From Choluteca we headed to El Corpus, our home base for the summer. There, we met with Juana and worked out all the details for summer, including lodging and transportation for clinic week. We also headed up to Madrigales, where clinic is held, and met with the promotores from the various surrounding communities. We had a record breaking SEVENTEEN show up! During that meeting we discussed when students would be arriving to present charlas, as well as assigned specific clinic dates for the communities. Another key aspect of this meeting is getting feedback on the charlas. Because the charlas are meant to empower women, we always ask for feedback to make sure women are getting not only the information they need, but most importantly, the information they desire. The public health leaders (Lavanya and Lisa) did a fabulous job of going through the proposed charlas for the upcoming summer, as well as listening to suggestions on ways to tweak or add new information based on the suggestions of the health promoteres."

                                                               La iglesia en El Corpus

                                                      Helen with her 2014 host, Kelin

                                                          Kelin, Lisa, Helen y Lavanya

                                             Helen with 2016 public health leader, Lisa

                                                                  Plato tipico

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