Floating Doctors Inc

The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide. Our Goals Include: Providing free acute and preventative health care services and delivering donated medical supplies to isolated areas. Reducing child and maternal mortality through food safety/prenatal education, nutritional counseling and clean water solutions. Studying and documenting local systems of health care delivery and identifying what progress have been made, what challenges remain, and what solutions exist to improve health care delivery worldwide. Using the latest communications technologies to bring speciali...
Apr 22, 2014

Our First Remote Outpost

Playa Verde Remote Outpost
Playa Verde Remote Outpost

So far 2014 has been one for the Floating Doctors record books.


In February, we jumped head first into the year with a joint clinic with Mending Kids International, providing pediatric orthopedic surgeries for some of our most vulnerable patients in the archipelago.


In March, we had a record number of volunteers. So many that for the first time ever we ran two simultaneous multi-day clinics, one in Playa Verde and one in Bahia Azul.


That same week, thanks in large part to you, our Global Giving supporters, we opened our first Remote Outpost! On a rainy March day the entire Floating Doctors team in Panama gathered at one of our most remote communities, Playa Verde for the official opening ceremony.


That morning our 40+ volunteers were released on the clinic for finishing touches: sanding, painting, clearing brush, digging drainage ditches, building basic stools and tables, etc. After a thorough painting and scrubbing the town mayor, Ito, called the community for the opening ceremony. An emotional ceremony featuring the beloved Peace Corps worker Eta, the mayor, other town leaders, the construction crew and Dr. Ben spoke about gratitude and the communal hopes for the future of the clinic. This was followed by the required official photos and a big community feast. After that is was back to work providing health care and breaking in our brand new clinic.


Opening this clinic was an important step for us. So often when we are in a community we see a real acute emergency that needs immediate attention: a machete wound, a high fever, a childbirth going bad very quickly, etc. Each time we are grateful we were there to help that person when they needed it most. But each time we leave we know that the next person not be so lucky. There are no doctors, no drug stores, no emergency rooms or urgent care clinics in these communities. Help is a long, expensive trip away.


By setting up this remote clinic we hope to be the help that the next person needs.

Playa Verde Construction Crew
Playa Verde Construction Crew
Playa Verde Clinic opening
Playa Verde Clinic opening
New Exam Bed
New Exam Bed
USC volunteers painting the new clinic
USC volunteers painting the new clinic
Volunteers arriving at Playa Verde
Volunteers arriving at Playa Verde
Jan 22, 2014

2013 Wrap Up

Med Student Phillipe multitasking during an intake
Med Student Phillipe multitasking during an intake

Floating Doctors has much to be grateful for in 2013. We had over 180 volunteers from all over the world sharing their time and skills and really making a difference to over 4,500 patients.

Among our beloved patients helped by our volunteers and donors was Gustivino whose heart defect and tuberculosis were of great concern to his family. After keeping him alive for two years from one aspiration pneumonia after another, Rolando's cleft palate was finally able to be repaired. Now, he has gained weight, he is growing and his chubby cheeks around his sweet smile fill our hearts. We were able to add Norteño to our list of isolated villages served and make our way to Rio Cana and Escudo.

We gratefully accepted a large grant from the Lawrence Foundation, which includes 100 acres of pristine jungle. Volunteers and scientists will be studying the medicinal flora. The plans for the first permanent clinic have been finalized and work has begun on the floating medical facility which will be located and permanently staffed out on the archipelago. Our partnership with Sermo allowed us to consult with doctors and specialists from all over the world in real time from our remote patient outposts. Floating Doctors has also been assisting Noah Haas in developing and installing solar charging station in the villages we serve so internet can be brought to our patient’s populations. And...we have had the good fortune to partner up with Dr. Dan, our veterinarian friend who treats the village animal populations as we treat the humans. 

There is so much to do in 2014. So much to look forward to.

Thank you, Beautiful Donors.....you keep us afloat and put the wind in our sails. Happy New Year!!!!

Dr. Dan with a feline patient
Dr. Dan with a feline patient
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Dr's Elle Lee and Kim stitch up a machete wound

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Oct 15, 2013

Fall 2013

Two volunteers checking X-Ray during clinic
Two volunteers checking X-Ray during clinic

 

Floating Doctors had a productive and busy summer in Panama, conducting clinics in Norteno, Bahia Azul and Ensenada. Volunteers from around the world donated their time and skills throughout the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

 

We were visited and partnered by Sermo, the largest online community, exclusive to physicians. With over 200,000 licensed physicians, Sermo is facilitating collaboration in medicine like never before. The Rio Cana community was visited for the first time. To get there the volunteers traveled 6 hours through the archipelago by panga, then navigated up over a reef at the mouth of the river and up the river to the community. Several complicated cases were presented by satellite to Sermo and consults appeared from all over the network. This cutting edge use of social media by Sermo and Floating Doctors was noted by Unicef.

One woman on the outskirts of Rio Cana delivered a baby, and then began to bleed out. Volunteers bundled her into a panga with the newborn and crossed the archipelago by flashlight and moonlight. They made it to the mainland hospital ...mother and child doing well! This on the very night the Lawrence Family Foundation was awarding Floating Doctors a grant for the first, permanent clinic. 

Noah Haas is installing solar power stations in remote villages to bring internet to these remote areas which will greatly enhance the ability of Floating Doctors to connect these isolated peoples with the world's online medical community.  

Volunteers continue to collect cultural history of the Ngobe. 

The electronic medical record system, unique to the kind of work Floating Doctors does, is nearly finished and will be another contribution to the international medical relief community. 

One happy personal note: 

Karine Tchakerian will be joining Floating Doctors permanently as Mrs. LaBrot!!

Karine earned her Masters in Nursing Science from UCLA, graduating this last June. Dr. Ben and Karine were married Oct. 5. Welcome aboard, Karine!

 


 
Conducing a house call in Norteno
Conducing a house call in Norteno
The community of Cierro Brujo
The community of Cierro Brujo
Floating Doctors team after a clinic in Bahia Azul
Floating Doctors team after a clinic in Bahia Azul
Noah Haas installing solar panels
Noah Haas installing solar panels
Telecom team with community members
Telecom team with community members

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