Out of many, one people. Healthy people, many benefits.
The project was implemented between 1 July and 31 December 2012 in Magotty (Jamaica). The coordinator of the project was the Polish Medical Mission, and the local partner was Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Three volunteers were involved in the project’s activities between 1 October and 31 December 2012.
The aim of the project was to provide emergency medical assistance as part of daily work in the clinic at the Catholic mission in Santa Cruz, and during home visits. Another element were educational campaigns that aimed at raising the health awareness of the direct beneficiaries of the project: residents of Santa Cruz, Magotty and the surrounding areas.
Over the course of the project, the volunteers examined a total of 1 227 patients. They also regularly visited the disabled and elderly people. During 5 visits in the nursing home in Balaclava the volunteers tested 45 patients each time. They also organised one-day medical care actions in the neighbouring towns, and an event when they measured sugar level and blood pressure of the local residents.
The educational part of the project involved meetings of support groups for people with HIV, and mothers of children with disabilities. Educational activities for local residents about first aid, diseases of affluence and family planning were organised as well. Local workers were also trained about the use of the medical equipment brought from Poland.
In total, approximately 500 people were familiarised with the prevention of infectious diseases and diseases of affluence. In order to promote the concept of volunteering, a website was created and updated, and articles about the volunteers’ stay in Jamaica were published in the medical press.