2015 HRFU Dominican Republic Salcedo Trip Summary
The week of May 24th, 2015 was the first HRFU trip to Salcedo, DR. A team of 16 volunteers from the USA, 3 volunteers from the Peace Corps, and Dr. Lesly Manigat our on-site coordinator, descended upon Hospital Regional Dr. Pascasio Toribio Piantini. This trip would not have been possible without the interpreter and logistic support provided by the regional branch of the Lions Club, and by generous supply donations from Direct Relief and Fundacion Solidaria. With this help, the team was able to operate on 42 patients despite disruptions related to an unexpected regional physicians strike – a tremendous success. Surgery was provided completely free of charge to all patients, with small and large hernias of the abdomen and groin repaired. All operations were successful, and there were no complications.
The team was incredibly well received by the community and the hospital and its staff. Many fond memories and new friendships created, with the community and the team looking forward to an even more successful mission next year.