Feb 24, 2021

February 2021: Haiti Medical and Dental Aid

Remote Area Medical did not travel to Haiti in 2020. The year started with a climate of unrest that made it unsafe to travel to the region. One year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic was in the early stages around the world, and knowledge of the future and how widespread this would become was very limited. Travel restrictions and new guidelines were being put into place on a daily basis, and weeks of limitations turned into months.

These same travel restrictions remain in place around the world, even now, that prevent RAM and our very dedicated volunteers from returning to Haiti. Before the pandemic, our volunteers and staff had great success seeing medical and dental patients and were expanding to give vision services as well as delivering much-needed school supplies to the community.

We have not lost sight of the desired outcomes and goals for this program - early detection of disease, efficient treatment, and an increased range of services in remote areas of the country. Our dedicated volunteers and staff remain committed to RAM’s mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need.

Your gifts will allow RAM to continue the reach of the mission and we are grateful for the support our program has received in this time of global crisis.

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Feb 18, 2021

February 2021: Guyana Air Ambulance

Patient being carried to the air ambulance
Patient being carried to the air ambulance

Remote Area Medical is grateful to note that this month marks 20 years of Air Ambulance service, bringing healthcare access to thousands of Amerindian villagers in remote Guyana. 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, repairs on the aircraft have been completed and we are awaiting the day that we can return. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing strict travel restrictions, all of the country’s airports have been closed to international passengers since March 16, 2020 and it is unknown when those limits will be lifted. 

Remote Area Medical is relying on increased hope and possibility in 2021. One year ago, we would never have expected to be where we are today. The pandemic was in the early stages around the world and knowledge of the future and how widespread it would become was very limited. New guidelines were being put into place on a daily basis. Weeks of limitations turned into months, and months have now turned into a year. With increased vaccinations, slowing the spread of COVID-19 looks to be a real possibility. We are looking to the future with hope that maybe we will soon be able to return to Guyana to treat those in need.

Our dedicated volunteers and staff remain committed to RAM’s mission of preventing pain and alleviating suffering. The purpose of our mission has not changed and we are grateful for the support our Guyana Air Ambulance program  has received in this time of global crisis. 

Our hope is that we will soon see wheels up again.

Flying over remote Guyana airstrip
Flying over remote Guyana airstrip

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Jan 22, 2021

January 2021: Guyana Women's Health Program

Transporting Medical Supplies
Transporting Medical Supplies

As 2021 begins, we are looking forward to this new year with hope and increased possibilities - one of our main goals is to be able to return to Guyana to hold our Women’s Clinics and expand current program offerings. A year ago, we would not have expected to be where we are today. The COVID-19 pandemic was in the early stages around the world, and knowledge of the future and how widespread this would become was very limited. Travel restrictions and new guidelines were being put into place on a daily basis, and weeks of limitations turned into months. 

These same travel restrictions remain in place around the world that keep Remote Area Medical and our very dedicated volunteers from returning to Guyana at this time. Before the pandemic, our volunteers had been teaching the OBGYN’s in the area about LEEP machines that help treat the effects of HPV in the Amerindian population. The machine is hosted in the national laboratory and techs there will be able to continue that education and reach more women for these services. With increased possibilities of vaccination and slowing the spread of COVID-19, we are looking to the future with hope that we will be able to return to the mission of treating more of the Guyanese population and increasing the scope of our preventative care to lessen the spread of the tropical diseases in the region as well.

We have not lost sight of the goals for this program - the desired outcomes are early detection, efficient treatment, and an increased range of services outside of the confines of the city and the patients in these remote areas. Our dedicated volunteers and staff remain committed to RAM’s mission of preventing pain and alleviating suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. The purpose of our mission has not changed and we are grateful for the donations and support to our Women’s Health Program in this time of global crisis. Your gifts and support will allow RAM to continue, and even expand, the reach of the mission. 

We cannot wait to go back.

RAM Staff and Volunteers
RAM Staff and Volunteers

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