It’s an annual event. Notwithstanding Haiyan, Volunteer for the Visayans‘ medical mission will push through.
For the past 13 years, one of VFV’s major activities is the medical mission. All those years, 13 rural communities and hundreds of patients have been served.
This year, on the 25th of April, VFV will hold its medical mission in Pastrana, Leyte. A team of doctors, dentists, and nurses will carry out minor surgeries and dental procedures. The support team of both international and local volunteers will ensure the smooth flow of patients, replenish supplies, and dispense medicines. Organizing the whole event is the dynamic VFV team who will make sure that everything is in order, from putting up a medical team to purchasing supplies and medicines, setting up the venue, and coordinating the different teams.
By: Mandy Schouren
It’s getting hotter and hotter every day in Leyte, summer is coming.
The rain which is mostly gone, made it very difficult for the local people to find a livable spot after Yolanda because they had a lot of floodings the following weeks. This meant big muddy areas everywhere, hardly a dry place to sleep and unfortunately this also came with a lot of diseases.
A lot of medical volunteers are working very hard to help as much as they can. The line-up in front of the pharmacy is very long, every day, but we are glad there are medical supplies coming in and people are getting help. Some VFV volunteers brought in medical supplies which they distributed to a rural village where the hospital was very low on supplies.
Almost two months on since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the situation is far from normal for many families living in the Municipality of Tanauan, Leyte. For those communities living along the coastal barangay of San Roque, the situation is still extremely dire after their homes, possessions and livelihoods were washed away from the powerful storm surges that unforgivingly struck the local coastline on November 8, 2013.