Early Estimated Trip Cost: $1,885 - Team Members Needed
Leader: Kirby Phillips and Dr. Damian Guanaratne
This will be the first ever VIMM trip to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a small tropical island off the southern coast of India. Many rural areas are poverty stricken and many people lack proper medical care. The team will be led by Kirby Phillips and medical director Dr. Damian Gunaratne. This will be Kirby's 15th VIMM trip, he has experience leading teams to Haiti and Panama. This is Dr. Gunaratne's second VIMM trip and he is excited to help lead a team to his country of origin. He is a family physician/emergency room physician in Ontario, Canada.
The team will fly out of Atlanta on October 5, 2017 and land in the capital city of Colombo late the following day. We will spend some time getting acclimatized and packaging medications in preparation for our clinic days. Each clinic day will be spent in a different location; we will travel to rural areas, urban inner city areas and an orphanage. Accommodations will be in the homes of host families and meals will be shared with them (Sri Lanka is known for their delicious cuisine!) In the clinics, doctors and other medical professionals will see patients, nurses will assist with triage and work in the pharmacy, and non-medical members will offer eyeglasses, assist with the pharmacy, and do other work as needed. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and non-medical helpers are needed. We will spend the last day of the trip in a coastal town where there will be some time for sight seeing and relaxing on the beach. The team will fly back to the United States on October 15, 2017. This will be a challenging but extremely rewarding trip. Please prayerfully consider joining us in helping those in need in Sri Lanka.
**PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.** If you submitted an application after January 1, 2009, you do NOT need to submit another one. Just email us with the trip in which you are interested and any changes that need to be made to your application. Email Megan at MeganG@vimm.org. To apply for a trip you must turn off your "Pop Up Blocker" or list the VIMM web address as an allowed site under Internet Tools.
****PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE****
If you submitted an application after January 1, 2009, you do NOT need to submit another one. Just email Megan at MeganG@vimm.org with the trip in which you are interested and any changes that need to be made to your application. To apply for a trip you must turn off your Pop Up Blocker or list the VIMM web address as an allowed site under Internet Tools.