International Health/Medical Mission Experience Advantage

International Health/Medical Mission Experience Advantage

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    Dr. E. Pagan-Rosa


    Good Morning:

    As I prepare for my third health care medical mission to Haiti, the benefits and advantages of such medical experiences needs to be underscored. My first trip to Rwanda, Africa was an eye opener! I am so glad to have had the experience of interacting with the people, health care officials, and medical personnel of Rwanda. The eye opener occurred upon arrival and setting up the medical stations in preparation for the awaiting local people. I had preconceived notions of what I was going to experience. I expected to see exactly what the media in the United States portrayed the people of Africa. Was I wrong! These kindhearted people waited patiently, were courteous, and grateful that we were there. We were treated and greeted with respect, admiration, and devotion. The people of Rwanda were God-fearing people who, in their kindness, paid with meals, a chicken, or a fruit. My second trip was to Portland, Jamaica. And again, the beauty and culture of Jamaican people impressed me. The culture and local communities centered around a church, schools, and mother Earth. The culture of the people of Jamaica is laid-back, respectful of the fruits mother Earth provides, and appreciative of life. I am looking forward to my trip to Haiti and the ability to share those experiences with PA’s interested in global public health.

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