After landing in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Friday, the team will travel to Olanchito, Honduras in trucks and/or vans (5-6 hour journey). We will stay in the Beverly Hotel in Olanchito. The team will conduct primary care clinics with a focus on health promotion in villages located within 1-2 hours from Olanchito each day. Team physicians will evaluate and treat all patients presenting to the clinics and have the capability to care for ill patients, administer steroid joint injections, perform minor surgery, and fit for eye glasses.
We will spend a day of relaxation in the coastal town of Tela on Friday, March 20th. We will leave Olanchito early on Friday and stay at the Hotel Playa Bonita. Beach activities and shopping are nearby; there is also opportunity to enjoy the beach and go snorkeling. The team will depart from the San Pedro Sula airport on Saturday morning.
Dr. Gary Goforth is the former Founding Program Director for the family medicine residency program sponsored by the Florida State University College of Medicine and is the medical director at Shell Point Retirement Community. He lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife, Kathy. He has led over 40 VIMM trips and from 2008-2009 served as a VIMM sponsored missionary in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a current VIMM board member and has previously served as board chairman and as an advisory board member.
TRAVEL WARNING ISSUED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
September 20, 2018: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Honduras. See the website for the full warning:
This warning is taken into consideration alone with input from our host as we make plans for this trip. The team leaders will advise you of any precautions that should be taken for your time in Honduras.