Mabel Ezeonwe extends her thanks to everyone who donated reading glasses and dental care supplies for her recent medical mission trip to Guatemala:
“I sincerely appreciate all the donations and supplies from everyone. By God’s grace, we did wonderful work with the villages in the Rio Dulce area, in the NE part of Guatemala.
We worked primarily with the native Mayan communities, assessing and treating acute and chronic conditions in pop up clinics. We also spent a significant amount of our time and energy on teaching patients and families about practices to prevent diseases and illnesses such as malaria prevention, cervical cancer screening and prevention, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and hygiene practices. We also trained local health workers — health promoters and lay midwives, who are the critical points of health care contact for the villages on important care skills. For example, the lay midwives deliver most babies born through vaginal births in the villages, and we trained them on newborn resuscitation skills based on the World Health Organization’s Breathe Baby Breathe protocols.”