In October, two of our staff members, Dr. Dawn Gammon and Optician Cindy Elkin, will join approximately 75 other medical professionals from the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade on their annual medical mission trip to Honduras.
Dr. Gammon and Cindy, along with other members of the Brigade Eye Care Team will work in remote villages surrounding the area of Comayagua, bringing primary eye care to the underserved populations there. The team conducts a basic eye examination using a hand-held auto-refractor, and provides recycled prescription glasses provided by the Lions Club, as well as readers and sunglasses. In the one week stay, the Eye Care Team expects to see approximately 650 patients a day, and will dispense over 3,500 pairs of glasses.
Improved vision can be a life-changing opportunity for people who would never be able to afford a service that most of us take for granted. Many of the people in the villages make their living by doing handcrafts. When their vision goes uncorrected, they can no longer provide for their families or themselves. Correcting the vision of a child may ensure that they are successful in school.
If you are interested in making a donation, your tax deductible financial contribution in any amount will help this work continue. All money contributed is used to provide medicines and supplies. We have no paid staff, and each Brigade member pays their own expenses to participate in the mission trips. Please consider sending a check made payable to Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade to:
Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade
c/o Medical Staff Office
1701 North George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22205
On behalf of the needy people of Honduras, we thank you!