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Panama


January 10, 2021 — January 16, 2021

Starting at: $2,700

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

Healthcare in Panama is provided through a system that includes both the government and a private sector. However, there is an unequal distribution of healthcare services and resources, especially in rural communities. The public health care system also faces a lack of funding, which creates bed and resource shortages. Also, the majority of doctors and health care providers prefer to work in Panama City due to the higher number of patient loads and more economic opportunity.

People who live in rural areas are often unable to access health facilities. As a result, many native Panamanian tribes struggle to live a high-quality and healthy life. Please join International Medical Relief on our medical mission to Panama. This year, we will return to assist the indigenous communities and people living in small villages throughout the country. By helping to implement inaugural programs and continuing to assist the indigenous people, you and the rest of your IMR team will make a lasting impact in Panama.

Our Work

International Medical Relief started to partner with Panama back in 2013. Since 2019, we have run nine medical missions, working with a total of 336 volunteers and staff that served over 6,500 patients. IMR plans to continue our preventative efforts by providing medical relief and to continue the efforts to provide sustainable health services to the community. IMR will continue to provide community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations. IMR strives to provide life-changing medical care to people who do not have reliable access to treatment and help increase the community’s education and knowledge on their own health to improve the overall health of the most vulnerable and underserved communities in Panama.

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, 6, 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.

Our medical mission teams also work toward UNSDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation by supporting and strengthening the participation of local communities in improving their water quality, and installing water filtration systems that supply communities with clean drinking water and providing education on hydration and hygiene.

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

Each day of clinic will be spent in the heart of a new village, or at a local dump. Community members will be eager to welcome you and receive much-needed treatment and education. According to the World Health Organization, diarrheal diseases, cholera, and pneumonia are affecting the people of Panama, but poverty and lack of potable drinking water make day-to-day life incredibly difficult. During clinic, you can expect to assist entire families that span multiple generations. The services that you provide will range from treatment of rashes, burns, and open wounds to care for tinea, impetigo, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and staph infections.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because dental pain is common here and 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 prenatal care knowledge.

TRIP INCLUDES ONE DAY AT BEACH AND ONE DAY IN PANAMA WITH CANAL VISIT

In the middle of this experience your team will have the rare opportunity to visit a pristine beach along the Panama coastline.  Among the arduous days of work in clinic, a day at the beach will allow the team to experience the true beauty of this country.  On the final day of the trip, the team will stay at a luxurious resort in Panama City and also go to see the world famous Panama Canal.  Here you will have the opportunity to take advantage of several excursions which IMR can arrange for you like: Sportfishing, aerial tram tour of the rainforest, visit to Embera Indigenous Village, Gatun Lake Expedition, River Boat Tour, Night Safari with possible sightings of monkeys, caiman, capybara and two-toed sloths, kayaking on the Panama Canal or relaxing at the resort.

 

Lodging/Transportation

Your team will stay at various lodging in different cities and at campsites in the jungle! On this mission, you will experience life in the small villages, so come prepared to share your culture and learn about the traditions that inspire Panama’s indigenous ways of life. IMR will arrange all the transportation to and from the airport, overnight accommodations, and clinic sites.

Highlights

The highlight of this mission is serving patients who, without you and your team, would not have access to healthcare and health education. Your patients will mostly be from indigenous families and working communities and will be eager to receive your treatment and kindness. Although the most rewarding and memorable aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of Panama, you will cherish the other memories that you make this week! To help thank you for your tireless dedication to humanitarian aid, IMR has arranged for your team to take a one-day tour of the Panama Canal and the Miraflores Lock Visitors Center. Your team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the most pristine landscapes in Panama, including numerous waterfalls down the countryside.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see a nearby destination? Many of our previous volunteers have chosen to extend their time in Panama in order to experience more of what this amazing country has to offer!

With time to partake in world-class fishing, kayak through the Panama Canal, take a tram tour of the rainforest or enjoy the Gatun Lake Expedition, this trip extension gives our volunteers an experience of a lifetime. Other highly recommended activities include hiking to Panama’s only volcano, viewing the famous Quetzal at the Parque Nacional Volcan Baru, and searching for the Geoffroy’s tamarin monkey.

To see what opportunities are available to you, please visit the website of our partner, Worldwide Navigators for more information. You can also contact them directly at (970) 633-3033 or travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Itinerary at a Glance


January 10, 2020

Arrivals

1
January 11, 2020

Clinic & Training Day

2
January 12, 2020

Clinic

3
January 13, 2020

Clinic

4
January 14, 2020

Clinic

5
January 15, 2020

Sightseeing

6
January 16, 2020

Departures

7

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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.

10 January 2021

Arrivals

Day 1

Get ready to see where the city meets the jungle! Please plan to arrive at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama by 5:00pm on January 10th. If you are on the group flight or have arranged for the IMR transportation, you will be picked up and taken to your lodging in the Cerro Patacon region of the city.

Your first day of clinic is tomorrow! We will go over clinic protocols, patient care guidelines, safety and security, how we work together as a team, schedules, and much more.

1
11 January 2021

Clinic & Training Day

Day 2

Today is your first day of clinic and there are a lot of patients waiting for you!

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.

Each evening, you and your team will return to your lodging for a debrief, dinner, and preparation for the next day of clinic.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
12 January 2021

Clinic

Day 3

You will be working at a site located in the heart of a community working and residing at a garbage dump – one of the largest in the Americas. The people here have little access to care and will be eager to meet you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
13 January 2021

Clinic

Day 4

Patients of all ages visit clinic, from newborns to the elderly and many families. Much of their hygiene revolves around bathing in the small streams, and of course,  much of their drinking water comes from the same source.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
14 January 2021

Clinic

Day 5

You will see wounds, infections, general illness, cerumen removal, and some tropical disease as well. Hypertension, diabetes, and asthma/COPD are also prevalent here – you will diagnose, educate, and provide medications as appropriate for these people.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
15 January 2021

Sightseeing

Day 6

You will be transported to the Miraflores Locks this morning and will spend a half-day watching the big ships as they lumber upwards toward the Pacific Ocean more than 50 miles away. Take a tour of the museum and observe the ships making way up the canal! The afternoon will find you back in Casco Viejo with time to relax from the balconies, shop for treasures, head for the beach, or explore the area with your new friends. Dinner is on your own tonight so that you can pick and choose as you wish – Casco has everything from nouveau haute cuisine to simple fare and lots of ice cream! Your team leader will host dinner if you wish to stay close to your accommodations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
16 January 2021

Departures

Day 7

Today, you will enjoy a final breakfast with your team before setting out for your departure home and onward journey. If you are on the group flight or have arranged for IMR transportation, you will arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check-in. If you are transferring on your own, taxis and Ubers are abundant.

7

Your Journey




This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Since you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see a nearby destination? Many of our previous volunteers have chosen to extend their time in Panama in order to experience more of what this amazing country has to offer!

With time to partake in world-class fishing, kayak through the Panama Canal, take a tram tour of the rainforest or enjoy the Gatun Lake Expedition, this trip extension gives our volunteers an experience of a lifetime. Other highly recommended activities include hiking to Panama’s only volcano, viewing the famous Quetzal at the Parque Nacional Volcan Baru, and searching for the Geoffroy’s tamarin monkey.

To see what opportunities are available to you, please visit the website of our partner, Worldwide Navigators for more information. You can also contact them directly at (970) 633-3033 or travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2700 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

$2500 due by October 12, 2020

$2700 due by December 13, 2020

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by October 12, 2020

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for a rate of $900. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on October 12, 2020. 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 Subsidized Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a subsidized ticket at a lower 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
$450
Single Supplement
$50 per night
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
$15
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.

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