Anticipated Rizal-MaCarthur Memorial Foundation Medical Mission (2010)
In a recent correspondence, Dr. Jazmin Parcon-Sandoval, an obstetrician/gynecologist and the co-coordinator of the RMMF medical mission writes:
After Typhoon Ondoy [Ketsana] devastated Manila and neighboring areas, Filipino-Americans in Milwaukee responded overwhelmingly with donations of cash and goods. The Filipino American Association of Wisconsin (FAAWIS) sent 22 boxes filled with canned goods, blankets, clothes, etc. to Manila while the leaders of many organizations decided to channel the cash donation through SOS DRS to benefit the affected families in Marikina, one of the hardest-hit suburbs.
The volunteers of the 2010 medical mission, sponsored by the Rizal-MacArthur Memorial Foundation (RMMF) and the Philippine Medical Association of Wisconsin (PMAW), hope to see first-hand the rehabilitation efforts done in Marikina. This type of follow-up was done in Guimaras Province when Milwaukee, in 2006, responded to the call of the fishermen and their families affected by the oil spill on their shores. A Medical Team visited Guimaras after relief donations were sent and conducted a Medical Mission on the island of Panobolon and two other venues. The island province was also the site of a surgical/medical mission in 2000.
As of 12/10/09 here is the anticipated itinerary of the 2010 RMMF medical/surgical mission:
Saturday, January 16, 2010- Leave Milwaukee for Manila
Sunday, January 17, 2010 [early morning Monday] – Arrive Manila. Lodging at Traders [Roxas Blvd] or in Marikina if possible.
Monday, January 18, 2010- Visit to Marikina – possible joint medical mission [consultations and free meds].
Tuesday, January 19, 2010- Medical Team to Pangasinan. Surgical Team to Kalibo, Aklan [Ibajay District Hospital.
Wednesday-Friday, January 20-22, 2010 – Medical Mission in Urbiztondo, Lubas, Labrador, Pangasinan
Surgical Mission in Ibajay District Hospital Saturday-Sunday, January 23 & 24- Post-op surgical Rounds. All are invited to attend the Town Fiesta and Ati-atihan Parade. A religious/cultural event celebrating the arrival of the Senor Santo Nino on the island.
Monday, January 25, 2010- Medical Mission All Day in Ibajay.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010- R&R in Boracay Wednesday, January 27, 2010- Return to Manila.
Thursday, January 28, 2010- Manila
Friday, January 29, 2010- Manila
Saturday, January 30-2010- Return to U.S.
Let us keep the RMMF team in our prayers as they travel to the Philippines and provide medical and surgical care for many Filippinos.