Our team started in Haiti and have committed to be there until we are no longer needed. Since the earthquake that devastated the island nation in 2010, we have completed over 50 medical missions there. From eye clinics to physiotherapy to outreach in the hard-to-reach rural areas of the island, our reach has expanded beyond Port-au-Prince in geography and scope. We conducted teaching seminars and conferences to make sure local medical professionals are kept up to date on the latest best practices and knowledge.
Upon first going to Dhaka, Bangladesh, our team assessed the best way to help the region was through education. Recently, we presented a Bangladesh International Alarm Course. This course was offered to OBGYN doctors and nurses alike and helped with the Government of Bangladesh’s focus on nursing. In addition, given the high level of occurrence in Bangladesh, we incorporated a component in the training program on Gender Based Violence. We’ve also partnered locally with the SAJIDA Foundation.
Team Broken earth first went to Guatemala in 2016 to assess medical needs to better inform future missions. Since then we have partnered with the Asociacion Compañero para Cirugia (ACPC) whose mission is to connect patients in need of health and surgical care in remote communities with the international volunteer triage and surgical teams as well as to educate and empower rural Guatemalans to initiate and advocate for vital health care services on their own behalf. Current and future missions are underway and being planned and include teams from Calgary and Vancouver.
In the fall of 2016, Team Broken Earth completed its first medical relief mission to Nicaragua. In addition, we’ve partnered with the Lions Club a held an eye clinic as part of their international vision outreach. The project funds and executes vision missions to provide eye exams, glasses or other related medical interventions in developing countries. Team Broken Earth is also currently teaching a Trauma Course. In addition, the team will be conducting clinics in the area.