Health education in the field
This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! While your group may have treated many during the week, the week has ended. This is why health education on these trips is of vital importance. Education topics could include basic hygiene, diet, exercise education, and diabetes education. These are all topics that can be easily taught and can go far in helping keep a community healthy. For medical providers, teaching the local nurses and med students is a great idea! This can include lessons on medications, imaging such as Ultrasound, IV starts, line placements, etc. Be vigilant and prepared, and bring some prepared classes to the field for the community you will be working in!