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Faculty and Alumni Embark On Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala

Faculty and Alumni Embark On Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala

Release Date
2015-09-21
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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
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Nancy Rogers, professor and simulation specialist for the Nursing Program at Carroll Community College (Carroll), and college alumni Edwin, Susan     and Rosalind Matos, traveled to Guatemala from September 8 to14, to provide medical care to local mountain and village residents.

This trip was a follow-up to a December, 2014 medical mission trip in which three nurses from Ohio, North Carolina and Carroll County, and a technician, worked with over 850 individuals to care for everything from headaches to chicken pox to skin wounds. With the September trip, close to 1,200 Guatemalan residents were served. The team visited a school, a senior center, and held clinics in five remote villages. 

The trip organizers were Edwin Matos, senior elder, Crossroads Restoration Church, and Susan Matos, director of New Life for Girls. Carroll's Nursing Program Professor Rogers is on the board of directors for New Life for Girls and was invited to join the team. The group consisted of mostly members or former members of the congregation. Team members served as translators, runners, and pharmacy support for the nurses providing the care. All residents received parasite medications and vitamins, as well as treatment for infections and other health issues.               

"It is important to provide this type of service because the residents we visited have no access to health care or funds to purchase medications," said Rogers.     "It's very difficult for the residents living in the mountains and some villages in Guatemala to receive the level of health care which is available in the larger cities. A lack of transportation, low income, and no government- supported programs provide challenges to these people. These trips have been life-changing experiences for me. I am so grateful for what I have and what the U.S. government does for our citizens. The people that live on our streets have more resources available to them than most of the people that I cared for on these trips."  

Note to the Media: For best response to inquiries, please contact Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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