Love for their fellow man is the main reason Doctors of the Americas exists. They exchange sadness for a wonderful smile via medication or clothing donations.
For the last 15 years, Comandos de Salvamento have hosted Doctors of the Americas for health brigades that include ophthalmology and general health consults for the poor of El Salvador.
Young Medical students join this group in the United States, and some stay on as permanent volunteers throughout their professional career. Jóvenes médicos que se unen a esta organización en los Estados Unidos y que ocupan sus vacaciones para poder llegar al país y realizar dichas jornadas, sin importar la distancia ni las incomodidades con las que se cuenta para poder realizar su trabajo, ellos siempre están dispuestos a servir. Dr. Usaima Sidiqi, spouse of Andrew, accompanied him this year.
Said doctors from the USA also do small surgeries, and give out toys to needy children that are waiting for other family members that are having consults.
Cuando el corazón de una mujer es para todos es lo más bonito y mejor aún cuando es para el pueblo salvadoreño. When a woman’s heart loves all, it is even more powerful when that energy goes towards the people of El Salvador. Doctors Eileen Howard and Audrey Chen met eachother with this same vision while working together in collaboration with Comandos de Salvamento during health brigade work in marginalized areas of El Salvador.
Dr. Chen first volunteered in 2011 and then 2 years later invited then student Howard and they have collaborated ever since with Doctors of the Americas.
The students themselves pay to travel to El Salvador to help the most needed.
Students from the California school of Optometry and volunteers of Médicos de las Américas began some health brigade consults along side Comandos de Salvamento within some marginalized communities of Nejapa, north of San Salvador.
This collaborative relationship has assisted in thousands of people obtain vision healthcare. Later this week other members from Médicos de las Américas will start health brigades throughout the country to assist geriatric, youth and children.
Along with free vision consults, Comandos pharmaceutical professionals will be on hand with family care providers to offer general health consultations.
A U.S. Opthamologist taking time on her vacation to coordinate care in solidarity with Comandos de Salvamento.
Students from the California Optometry School are in charge to check in patients.
Free glasses are donated to patients after the initial vision consult.
Physician Eileen Howard putting a pair of glasses to good use.
A Comando health professional cultural liaison assists in healthcare support .
Students from the California school of Ophtamology do fundraising to get donated glasses to give out in El Salvador.