May 26 - June 1, 2022
The cost of this trip is $450 per person.
This is a tax deductible donation to Global First Responder. Volunteers are also responsible for purchasing their international airfare.
About the Trip: Global First Responder is honored to be asked to field a team to provide medical and dental care on the Thailand/Myanmar border. There are thousands of Myanmar war refugees sheltering along the border, living in Thai villages, with no adequate access to food and medical care. Many cross the river back and forth every day in an attempt to get food and supplies.
The team will fly into Chiang Rai, arriving on or before May 26 and departing on or after June 1. Our team will be transported about 2.5 hours from Chiang Rai, and we will set up clinics in churches and schools. Our host is a local physician with a passion to help those who are stateless and in terrible condition. Clinic will be held in a different village each day. We expect to see 75-100 patients per day with a team of 10-15 medical personnel (Providers, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses, EMS). A few non-medical staff will be very valuable.
We have been asked specifically for Dentists and Oral Surgeons, Pediatricians, Dermatologists, ObGyns, Orthopedics, and Family/General Practice. All specialties will be busy and Nurses, EMS, and a few non-medical staff are very needed.
Expected illnesses (not in any specific order):
Pneumonia, Bronchitis – especially in children
Parasites, Malnutrition, Anemia – especially in pregnant women.
Skin issues, Dermatitis, Wounds
Gastritis is very common
Bone issues (long bones)
Request for donated eyeglasses to be brought by the team – lots of other eye issues as well.
Sustainability: The team will stay with host families in the main village. The host family will provide 3 meals/day, a bathroom and a place to sleep. This is generally a wooden platform with bedding. You may bring a pad, sleeping bag and mosquito net if you wish but our host will also supply bedding. Your food will be well cooked, home-made, traditional and definitely tasty. GFR is also working with our host on a sustainability project with more information to come shortly.
What’s Included:Our host is a local physician who works with many medical teams and has specifically requested help for the Rohingya. Your fee will cover your lodging, transportation, food, and translators. All of your funds will be used locally in the villages where we are working. In addition to your donation, GFR will provide all the medications, laboratory testing supplies, IV supplies and general clinic supplies directly to our host. All supplies will be purchased by our host in Thailand. GFR will also provide funding for food. All expenses incurred by our host families will be covered with your fee.
What’s Not Included:Your international airfare, snacks and drinks other than water, and pre/post trip travel costs and expenses are not included in the cost of your trip.
Cost: The cost of this important trip is $450.00 per person plus airfare. You are responsible for purchasing airfare that meets the required arrival and departure times. We always suggest giving yourself extra time for delayed or cancelled flights and that you purchase trip insurance from a reputable carrier. This trip is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You or your donors will receive a tax receipt upon making your donation.
How is your cost calculated?: At Global First Responder we strive to keep your costs low and our quality high. We value your participation and willingness to volunteer your time and expertise. Everyone at Global First Responder is also a volunteer, donating their time to administrative tasks and paying their own way to participate in medical and construction missions around the world and here at home. The fee you pay covers the actual cost of your expenses in country including lodging, transportation, meals, and translator fees and expenses. At GFR, no one is paid a salary and everyone is a passionate volunteer, doing our part to help drive our mission of “One World, One Family”.
Arrivals and Departures for the Medical/Dental Team:
- May 26 – arrive in Chiang Rai, stay at base camp in Chiang Rai (showers, TV, etc)
- May 27 – 2.5 hour drive to clinic area. Set up and look at available medical supplies. Afternoon clinic if possible.
- May 28, 29, 30, 31 – clinic
- June 1 – clinic in the morning and drive to Chiang Rai (2.5 hours) and stay longer in Chiang Rai or depart. Late departures ONLY on June 1.
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