Where We Help
Our reach extends around the world.
Surgery and Rural Medicine
Since the earthquake that devastated the island nation in 2010, we have completed over 50 medical missions in Haiti. Our reach has expanded beyond Port-au-Prince in geography and scope: We can now provide trauma surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, eye clinics, physiotherapy and outreach to the hard-to-reach rural areas of the island. We send much-needed medical supplies to our colleagues on the ground, and ensure local medical professionals are kept up to date on the latest best practices through seminars and conferences.
Our weeklong missions to Haiti have at times cared for over 400 outpatients, over 100 inpatients and 50 surgical patients per week. As well, each mission has been an opportunity to provide meaningful help by training local medical professionals, thereby ensuring sustainability.
Women and Children’s Health
Over the last four years, Team Broken Earth (in partnership with the SAJIDA Foundation) has provided a high-risk labour and delivery training course, as well as an intimate partner violence course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Team Broken Earth mission volunteers target frontline health care providers using education and demonstrations for women and children on subject areas including gender equality, women’s empowerment and partner violence.
Our previous two missions included general medical clinics in the Rohingya Refugee Camp, where half of its population are children.
Team Broken Earth is currently working on a pilot medical educational program in Canada North, with the first location being in Nain, Labrador. Educational topics to date have included women and children’s health, chronic disease, mental health and well-being, remote trauma and physiotherapy. It is anticipated that this program will be applicable in other northern communities across the country.
Trauma and Orthopedics Education
In February 2019, Team Broken Earth delivered a trauma evaluation and management course for primary care providers in Goba, Ethiopia. The ALTS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) course was designed to provide an approach to the management of a multitude of different traumatic injuries. This initiative, in partnership with the University of Goba, was a tremendous success with over 80 people completing the course.
Team Broken Earth first went to Guatemala in 2016 to assess medical needs in order 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 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. To date, there have been six medical mission teams who have gone to Guatemala focusing on general surgery, orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery, with teams from Calgary, Vancouver, St. John’s and Barrie.
Starting in 2017, Team Broken Earth raised funds to support the Lions Club vision program and cataract surgeries in Nepal. A second round of funding to the Lions of Dharan East funded additional surgeries in the city of Gaur during September / October 2019. To date, Team Broken Earth, in partnership with the Lions Club, treated blindness and provided post-surgical care for 922 people of Nepal.
Rural Medicine, Autism, and Vision Care
In the fall of 2016, Team Broken Earth completed its first medical relief mission to Nicaragua. Since then, we’ve partnered with the local Lions Club and held two eye clinics as part of their international vision outreach. The project funds and executes vision missions to provide eye exams, glasses and other related medical interventions in developing countries. In addition, the missions to date have included a trauma training course, rural medical clinics and autism assistance.