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Comandos at the Good Life Festival

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A Comando volunteer assists a geriatric visitor to the Festival.

CDS participated again in the yearly celebrated health festival sponsored by the Salvadoran Government. Free medical consults and health education took place this time in supporting the residents of Ilopango.

Además de orientar a la población para la entrega de los medicamentos que se entregan de una forma gratuita a los pacientes. Comandos took part in showing visitors around and educating them to free health services offered. Other government agencies such as CENADE, ANDA, the Social Housing authority were other groups that offered free education services. Comandos were also present with a stand showing off their extrication and high angle rescue and recovery equipment.

Lead pharmacy tech Yesenia handing out medication with education.

A comando teaches a youth how to ride a bike and enjoy the simpler things in life.
Vacunación de niños y adultos.
Vision tests.
Consultations for children.
Taking vitals and educating about them.
Interns from the Women’s Jail program, “I CHANGE”/ enjoy a fun kiosk.
Enjoying the new rage of Colored Pupusas.
Nutritional educational sessions. Charlas para el manejo de la buena alimentación.
simpson offering high angle rope use. Josué Najarro miembro de la Unidad de Rescate explica funcionamiento del equipo.

Vice News Covers Comandos: Gangs Targeting Youth

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Gangs have been a part of El Salvador for many decades now and has always been a difficult situation for the youth of El Salvador. This theme fluctuates up and down though in the public eye through the media depending on the geo political environment between El Salvador and the United States. We are grateful for Vice covering our work under somewhat trying circumstances.

Comandos at the Atiquizaya Festival

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Comandos de Salvamento  was present at the celebrate a good life festival in Atiquizaya, Ahuachapán this last weekend. Free Health consults were offered to the public. EMS responders were on hand to triage with primary care providers when patients needed higher level of care. Comandos also supported the geriatric population so they could ambulate easier on wheelchairs to get access to care.

Salvadoran Artists proud of their work.
Free orthodontic work offered during the festivities.
Free medicine for all.
Long term veteran comando Yesenia managing te pharmacy.
Dra. Margarita de Orellana supporting the public.
More than 50 primary care providers volunteered their time for consults.
Nurses assist.

Pediatric health support is offered at the festival.

The Badulak Family: A Heart of Gold for El Salvador

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El amor al necesitado, el querer ayudar al prójimo, demostrar que existen muchas personas de gran corazón para nuestros compatriotas es algo muy importante para la familia Badulak, así lo señalan el Dr. Andrew y Stephanie, una pareja de estadounidenses residentes en Pensilvania, Estados Unidos y que desde hace 15 años han viajado a El Salvador.

Doctors Andrew and Stephanie Badulak have been offering their services to the people of El Salvador over the last 15 years.  They have sought donations from their own communities to help the most needy while Comandos hosted and mediated their medical expertise. Their children, Alexander and Julia always accompanied when possible after they founded Doctors of the Americas and were able to unite medical students and optometrists for their cause.

Stephanie Badulak, has stated that they will continue to help as long as the need continues.

“Hemos enseñado a nuestros hijos que el ayudar a los necesitados es algo muy importe, dar amor, es algo que hemos demostrado a ellos, creo que no hay mejor regalo que ellos continúen con esta gran obra que tenemos con los Comandos de Salvamento”, afirma Stephanie mientras su esposo el Dr. Badulak afirma que está enamorado de las pupusas.

“we have taught our children to help those in most need, to give unconditional love while alongside the Comandos de Salvamento while my spouse Dr. Badulak will continue to love las pupusas.

Alexander Badulak first came to El Salvador while young and now returns as a physician.
Robert McCaw handing out donated clothing in San Carlos Lempa.
Julia Badulak McCaw.
Robert and Julia McCaw.
Doctors of the Americas in San Juan Tepezontes, Departamento de La Paz.

Dr. Andrew Badulak chief of missions.
Dr. Andrew Badulak thanks comandos de salvamento for an accomplished mission 2017.
Doctores de las Américas in el Cantón El Escobal de San Luis La Herradura.
Stephanie Badulak at Cantón El Escobal de San Luis La Herradura.
Familia Badulak.

Doctors of the Americas Long Standing Mission to El Salvador

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Dr. Andrew Badulak,chief leader of Doctors of the Americas.

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.

Dr. Farhan Shah doing a small surgery in  San Carlos Lempa, during the health brigade in collaboration with Comandos.

Julia Badulak returns to El Salvador after 9 years with spouse Robert McCaw.
Dra. Usaima Sidiqi with her fracture, takes a rest in San Carlos Lempa.

Another small surgery in San Miguel Tepezontes.

Optomotrists Helping Salvadorans

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Dr. Eileen Howard and Dr. Audrey Chen.

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.


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Ophthalmology Health Brigades Start

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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.

Patron Saint Days Vacation Ends

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Comandos again participate in the yearly procession of the Salvador del Mundo.

CDS does their yearly carrying of Salvador del Mundo from the Basílica del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús to the Central Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown San Salvador.

More than 50 Comandos carrying the weight.

The procession going along the Calle Rubén Darío in downtown San Salvador.

The new cardinal, Gregorio Rosa Chávez and the archbishop of San Salvador Monseñor José Luis Escobar Alas.