Samaritan’s Purse Canada is sending medical professionals to the Philippines to provide basic health care to those who have very limited or no access to such services.
The Philippines consists of 7,107 diverse and beautiful islands with a population of more than 100 million people. One of the challenges they face in terms of medical care, is the retention of skilled practitioners; 70% of nursing graduates go overseas to find work and there is an estimated 1 physician per every 833 people. In rural areas the accessibility to basic health care drops significantly.
Project: The team will partner with “The Abundant Grace of God Maternity Center”, and will travel to rural areas of the northern Philippines to host medical, dental and eyeglass clinics to help meet basic needs. Participants must be in good health and physically capable of hiking for several hours at a time while carrying a backpack.
Location: Tabuk, Philippines
Dates: April 5 – 19, 2019
Donation Amount: $4000 CAD/person
This includes return international airfare from Vancouver, accommodations, food, transportation, project costs and administration. It does not include vaccinations, passport renewal, baggage fees, or meals while in transit. Flights from other cities in Canada can also be arranged for you to join the team departing from Vancouver (with increased donation).
Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) invites team members to join in its charitable activities. SPC may only be able to undertake this project if sufficient funds are raised. The cost of the project to SPC is $4000 and mission trip project participants are asked to donate this full amount in order to cover the costs of the project. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Once receipted, all gifts are nonrefundable.
Volunteers needed (15-20 people): Physicians, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, paramedics, and others
Our Partner: In the northern Philippines, many women and children die in childbirth every year because they lack adequate prenatal care and trained attendants at their births. In response, a Canadian midwife and her Filipino husband opened The Abundant Grace of God Maternity Center. This center aims to actively share the love of God with tribal people through midwifery care and to help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for both mothers and babies. They also provide hands-on training and discipleship for aspiring local midwives, enabling them to better serve their people. The clinic not only provides free midwifery care, but also acts as a post from which to reach out into the surrounding communities to bring health education, prenatal care, and the Gospel.
Accommodations: Accommodations will be clean, safe, and basic. In Tabuk the team will stay at a guesthouse or hotel. When working in rural communities, the team will set up a base camp with mosquito tents.
Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on the Philippines Medical Team April 2019, please complete an online application. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $400 initial donation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.
Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500