Team Leader: Kirby Phillips
Co-Leader: Dr. Damian Gunaratne
This will be the second 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 17th VIMM trip, he has experience leading teams to Haiti, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic and Panama. This is Dr. Gunaratne's fourth VIMM trip and he is excited to help lead a team to his country of origin. Dr. Gunaratne helped lead the first team to Sri Lanka and is fluent in the Sinhalese language. He is a family physician/emergency room physician in Ontario, Canada.
The team will fly out of Atlanta on February 7, 2019 and land in the capital city of Colombo early in the morning of February 9. 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 February 17, 2019.
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.**