Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana

by Remote Area Medical
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana
Prevent and Treat Cervical Cancer in Guyana

Remote Area Medical would like to thank you for your generous support of its mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. The work that needs to be done could not happen without your generous contributions and donations.

As Remote Area Medical gears up for 2022, clinics are being planned across the United States over the next 12 months. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting travel both domestically and abroad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Guyana, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country, as well as in the United States. Travelers have been asked to reconsider their plans and to exercise caution. As 2022 progresses, more travel plans will be made, but at this time there are no clinics planned for Guyana with specific dates. 

When RAM is able, we will return to Guyana with a plan to provide quality care to as many in need as possible.

Never forget the mission! 

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Despite the complicated circumstances created by the pandemic, Remote Area Medical plans to return to Guyana as soon as possible to continue providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. As travel has been limited and most of the world is still suffering from the pandemic, which hit all of us without exception, we look to the future with hope.

Our donors have helped tremendously, through GlobalGiving, to be resilient and to continue to support this program in spite of these restrictions. Once we are able to return, we will be able to provide support to the region in as many ways as possible. YOU, our donors, have shown us your trust and support for a better world and we are prepared to return to caring for those in Guyana as soon as we can. 

RAM's goals have not changed. We are still focusing on the following efforts:

  • Providing free, timely, and consistent cervical cancer screenings
  • Give free, timely, and consistent HPV vaccinations
  • Deliver diagnostic and preventative services to the remote villages of Guyana
  • Partner volunteer providers with local healthcare professionals to bring essential care to Amerindian women
  • Expand diabetes and blood pressure screenings to more women
  • Increase pediatric and medical clinics and vaccinations

With your continued care, RAM will continue to provide these services as soon as we are able. We extend our gratitude to our donors and those who share in RAM's mission.

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Remote Area Medical® - RAM and its volunteers are closely watching travel restrictions and updates around the world. Throughout the global pandemic, RAM has continued to hold domestic clinics which look very different from the pre-pandemic ‘normal’. Many precautions have been put into place to protect patients and volunteers and stop the spread of COVID-19. However, international travel restrictions have kept RAM staff and volunteers stateside and our international clinics have been put on temporary hold following CDC guidelines. Our dedicated volunteers are looking forward to returning to Guyana as soon as possible. One such volunteer, Jacqui, has attended multiple Women’s Clinics in Guyana, and has shared a wonderful recount of her time there and her anticipation of going back when she can. Please enjoy the viewpoint of this wonderful volunteer:

RAM Volunteers in the Beautiful Rupununi Savannah

RAM volunteers from all over the world meet together twice a year in the bustling capital city of Georgetown, Guyana in anticipation. They arrive as strangers and leave as lifelong friends. Vehicles loaded with clinic supplies, medical instruments and eager volunteers set off in convoy before the sun has a chance to rise over the country. Synonymous with Interior travelling, the Trail is a long, dusty orange road that cuts straight through the heart of Guyana, passing beside the luscious Iwokrama forest and opening out into the unspoiled secret jewel that is the Rupununi savannah. It’s hard to sum up the beauty of the Rupununi in an article so we invite you to throw caution to the wind, sign up as a volunteer and serve the wonderful people you will meet in Guyana.

The Trail is not for the faint-hearted. To some, it’s bumpy, dusty and hot but to RAM volunteers it’s exciting, familiar and marks the start of yet another successful medical outreach expedition. The Trail starts in Georgetown and runs down to the border town of Lethem located in South Rupununi. Our wonderful Guyanese drivers are hard working in the face of adversity, know the land like the back of their hands and are compassionate to their core. They fix all known and unknown vehicular problems by the side of the road, know where the best bathing creeks are and have a natural understanding of what needs to be done to get medical care volunteers to where they are needed most.

The Rupununi is a vast expanse of land covering a large area of Guyana but also reaching into Brazil and Venezuela. Maps are of no use in finding the tracks the team need and new GPS devices are useful but nothing surpasses local knowledge. Sometimes a single tree or blown-out tire by the side of the road may be the only marker to indicate a village lies ahead.

Driving to different villages each day to hold clinics and provide medical care is our volunteers’ raison d’être. The beautiful scenery and a plethora of native animals are the reward. A typical day might involve being awoken by a nearby troop of Howler monkeys, emptying a scorpion from a sandal before setting off for the day, catching sight of a lumbering anteater whilst driving across the plains to set up clinic, or being witness to a huge Jabiru stork taking flight. If a volunteer is especially lucky, they may catch sight of the country’s elusive Jaguar as dusk settles.

If the rough and tumble of volunteering in Guyana is not for you, there are other ways to help RAM get medical care to remote villages in the Rupununi. By donating to RAM, you are helping to ensure medical care gets to where it needs to be. Just as RAM’s founder, Stan Brock, would’ve wanted.

 

Jacqui, RAM Volunteer

 

Remote Area Medical is grateful for our volunteers like Jacqui. We could not exist without them and their dedication to RAM’s mission of free, quality healthcare to those in need.


 

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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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Dr. Jordann Loehr consults with a patient
Dr. Jordann Loehr consults with a patient

Long-time Remote Area Medical volunteers Dr. Jordann Loehr (OB/GYN) and Jacqui Doran (biomedical scientist)* have led several successful expeditions to Guyana as part of RAM’s Women’s Health Program. Cervical cancer screenings have been a major focus of their clinics as there are high incidences among patients in the surrounding remote villages. They have also increased awareness by teaching HPV-screening procedures to local Guyanese physicians and residents at the University of Guyana in Georgetown. This allows them to pair their HPV screenings with diabetes screenings, blood pressure screenings, pediatric clinics, general medical clinics, and some vaccinations. With a goal of having physicians trained to use screening machines in more local district hospitals instead of just at the central hospital, there will be increased access to testing. They plan on training these medical residents to go into the remote villages to return test results and simultaneously bring treatment to those women. The desired outcomes are early detection, efficient treatment, and an increased partnership between the physicians who will travel outside of the confines of the city and the patients in these remote areas. 

The team’s return visit planned for early 2020 was postponed due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19 that have limited access in and out of the country. Their goal is to return in early 2021, depending on the state of travel at that time. The entire team remains committed to the mission of treating these women and children and for more of the Guyanese population to have access to these preventative services. 

In the future, Dr. Loehr and Ms. Doran plan to expand this program with increased surveillance and response for tropical diseases in the region as many of those have been neglected in Guyana and the surrounding areas. The goal is controlling - and eventually, eliminating - these diseases. Your donations support and expand the offerings and reach of our Women’s Health Program. Once travel bans are lifted, RAM’s committed volunteers will be among the first to arrive.

 

 

*names included with permission from volunteers

Guyanese Clinic in Pai Pang Village
Guyanese Clinic in Pai Pang Village
Remote Area Medical in Guyana
Remote Area Medical in Guyana

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