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Jamaica Signature Mini Mission


June 18, 2022 — June 22, 2022

Starting at: $2,050

Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.

A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Overview


The Need

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

 

Despite receiving free medical and dental care almost twice a year during medical missions, we will still see a high concentration of the Jamaican population suffering from lifestyle diseases. These are hypertension and diabetes, which is a result of patients not taking their prescribed medication or refilling the same.

When it comes to routine, the people of Jamaica wake up and head straight to sea or work, so oral health practices, proper nutrition, and hygiene fall behind. So we see evidence of decaying teeth, gingivitis, plaque, and cavities in all age groups. So on average, we would do 40 extractions and 60 cleans across the age groups that attend our clinics.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries are a major public health burden in Jamaica and are the leading cause of death. An estimated seven out of ten Jamaicans died from the four major NCDs: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease [Ministry of Health 2018].

IMR’s goal is to help Jamaica achieve global health security and improve access to health care services. Helping countries respond quickly and effectively to public health threats is critical in order to prevent the spread of diseases and to sustain the wellbeing of the community. By joining the IMR team, you will be able to collaborate with the community to improve the overall health of the people. To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, IMR sends volunteers to areas that are in the greatest need of quality health care and medical services. Our public health clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses, including dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. One of the main focuses of all missions is medical and dental. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another main focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Our Work

The team will be visiting three different areas in Jamaica spanning across the landscape from fishing communities to rural areas and the inner city.  This trip is special as we will partner with the Jamaica Private Power Company and other organizations to serve 600 – 1,000 patrons across three social impact areas identified as most in need.

The fishing community depends heavily on the sale of their catch to sustain their families. The education of the people is relatively low and they depend heavily on donations and outreach programs such as ours to afford necessities. The other two communities in rural and inner-city areas are impoverished.  In all of these areas, the people have jobs and work hard in the city or in the fishing communities.

Although they have some access to community clinics, there is evidence of lifestyle diseases, especially in the seniors, namely hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes.  The working-class population tend to still fall below or just above Jamaica’s minimum wage, so they don’t prioritize health care as a spending option. As a result, lifestyle diseases are very evident during our visits.

Additionally as has been noted, prescriptions are often not being taken or re-filled.  This places an undue health risk on those people who have been diagnosed with chronic conditions.  They tend to prefer to treat the illnesses chronically when symptoms surface rather than acutely for prevention.  

Education is a key focus for the IMR teams.  Our goal is to leave these communities with sustainable knowledge to manage their healthcare encumberments. Alongside the valuable medical and dental care, other organizations and partners will be engaged providing valuable social services such as assistance in applying for birth certificates, referrals to social agencies, and blood donations. 

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care and health education.

This Mission

Our partners have been vested heavily in the Jamaican communities for 25 years and provide assistance with health, education, sports, community development and environmental initiatives.

If you join the International Medical Relief team on our mission to improve the quality of life for the incredible people in Jamaica, you will find plenty of things to do outside of the clinic to enjoy the culture.  Known as the “birthplace of reggae,” Jamaica offers travelers a treasure trove of natural jewels and a colorful African vibe. Golden beaches, lush green mountains, turquoise seas, coral reefs, rainforests, and rivers are just some of the island’s enviable assets.

Nature lovers will find plenty of things to do in Jamaica. You can hike and bird-watch in the jungle or dive and snorkel along the fringing reefs. Jamaica is also renowned for its many historic plantations where you can sample tropical fruits and tour the grand houses. You’ll also find some of the Caribbean’s most luxurious all-inclusive resorts here.

Lively Montego Bay is one of the most popular resort towns. Ocho Rios is the island’s major port of call for cruise ships, and Negril is famous for its long and lazy beach lined with clear waters and coconut palms. Ecotourists love peaceful Port Antonio, thanks to its proximity to the spectacular Blue Mountains.

Lodging/Transportation

Jamaican fruit stand

On this Signature Trip, the team will stay in a beautiful, safe, clean, and friendly 4-star hotel located in this wonderful city.  You will be able to enjoy the local food, music, and an array of shops nearby. The culture of Jamaica will come alive as you explore the city after clinic and during your day off.

Upon your arrival in Jamaica, all transportation to the clinic we be arranged for you.  Professional drivers, safe vehicles, and security are some of the many reasons to join IMR on a trip. Take in the beautiful Blue Mountain foreground views as you travel through the British-colonial architecture to the clinic which may take you by the water’s edge for views of the breathtaking reef-lined beaches and rainforest or right through the cosmopolitan area home to the famous Bob Marley.

Highlights

Haiti family of patientsFamilies are the most important patients you will see, and in Jamaica, you will see a lot of families.  Everyone wants you to help them keep their children healthy and their elders comfortable.  It is our patients – and there are a lot of them! – that are the highlight of this trip.

 

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re venturing across the globe. Have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Central America’s top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators.

We offer exclusive extensions for IMR volunteers to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Learn more about the trips on the Extensions tab on this page.

If you want to extend your stay in Jamaica, contact the travel experts at Worldwide Navigators. They can help you plan the perfect trip.

Itinerary at a Glance


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Arrivals

1
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Orientation and Set Up

2
Monday, June 20, 2022

Clinic

3
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Clinic

4
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Departures

5

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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline. If you are planning to fly independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight. Thank you.

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation between your arrival airport and your clinic location.

18 June 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You will fly into Kingston, Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) and travel to your accommodation independently or arrange transportation through IMR.  Plan to arrive in Jamaica no later than 3:00pm as your IMR Welcome will start at 5:00 pm. There you will join your team for dinner and an orientation meeting to help prepare you for the amazing work you will be doing during your trip.

1
19 June 2022

Orientation and Set Up

Day 2

Orientation will prepare us for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will share with you about the clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols and Covid-19 protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving.  Today we will unpack, organize and repack all of our supplies.  We will also review roles and get to know your teammates.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
20 June 2022

Clinic

Day 3

Today will be your first day of the clinic.  You and your team will provide community healthcare in a public health setting to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
21 June 2022

Clinic

Day 4

After enjoying breakfast you will start on your second day of the clinic.  The second day of clinic is great – you will surely have your best practices at the ready!  Clinic setup will go quick today as you have already experienced this from your prior day.  Enjoy the special moments in the clinic; the patients are so humbled to have you there to help them.  They are grateful. Take in all of these memories. Time will go quickly.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
22 June 2022

Departures

You can spend the day on your sightseeing or enjoying the beach or head home early, as you choose. If you are on the group flight, transportation to the airport will be arranged for you.  If you wish to arrange ground transportation through IMR, please contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agent. 

If you want to extend your stay on Jamaica or in Central America, Worldwide Navigators can help. Learn more on the Extensions tab on this page.

5

Your Journey




This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re venturing across the globe. Have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Central America’s top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators.

We offer exclusive extensions for IMR volunteers to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. And if you want to extend your stay in Jamaica, contact the travel experts at Worldwide Navigators. They can help you plan the perfect trip!

In Guatemala, discover the villages of San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, and Maximon. Experience the vibrant center of culture and the artistic creations of Chichicastenango Market, and take a private walking tour of the ancient ruins of Tikal. Learn more from Worldwide Navigators.

In Nicaragua, venture off to the Corn Islands where you’ll discover endless beaches, charming bungalows, and a mostly unsettled paradise. Learn more from Worldwide Navigators.

And there are two different trips to Costa Rica: Explore La Fortuna where you can walk the rainforest canopy on hanging bridges or take a zip-line to fly through the trees! Or if the beach is more your style, explore the unique town of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park.

For more information on any of these trip extensions, contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • Jamaica island, Montego Bay

  • Caribbean town - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2050 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$1850 due by March 20, 2022

$2050 due by May 21, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by March 20, 2022

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for an additional fee. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on March 20, 2022. Airport transportation to and from the team’s accommodations are also included with this option. Depending on your departure city, you may still need to purchase another flight in addition to this one. After this flight has been booked, you may contact our travel agent, Worldwide Navigators, for assistance booking any necessary additional flights.

Benefits of Flying at a Group Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a group ticket at a guaranteed rate
  • Transport to and from the airport included

Volunteer without Airfare

Many team members choose to book their flight(s) to and from the mission location independent of IMR. This is a great option if would like to extend your stay in the area to tour and explore, or if the routing from you home airport is more feasible for you. If you choose to fly independently, please note that your transportation in between the airport and the team’s accommodations will not be provided. This will need to be arranged separately. Our partner for travel, Worldwide Navigators, would be happy to assist you in coordinating flights and/or transportation. You can contact them at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Benefits of Flying Independently

  • Extend your stay and customize your dates of travel
  • Choose your departure location
  • Customize your class of service

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
Starting at $50+ each way plus airfare that is subject to availability at the time of booking.
Single Supplement
$100+ per night subject to availability at the time of booking
Airport Transfers (for independent flyers)
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
$350
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
$50
IMR T-Shirt
$25
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country. You have the option to fly independently, or on a group flight with IMR.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
  • Each team member is responsible for carrying medical supplies for the deployment. All fees associated with transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.
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