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UMichigan Students Travel To Guatemala For Medical Mission with Humanity First USA

A team of Humanity First USA volunteers will be in Guatemala from February 24, 2012 to March 3, 2012 for a week-long medical mission to provide basic primary care to those in need. The volunteer team includes four doctors, and 14 undergraduate students from University of Michigan.

With the support of the Humanity First Guatemala team, the volunteers will open and run a primary care clinic in Masagua, Guatemala to provide free health care to local citizens. They will be handing out hygiene packs, vitamins, and over-the-counter medicines to patients, as well as conducting medical and dental exams and holding health care workshops.

The medical team includes Dr. Clayton Bell and Dr. Amin Bokhari, who joined Humanity First’s immediate disaster response teams for the Haiti Earthquake in early 2010. Dr. Bell is currently the Humanity First USA Country Director for Haiti and has also led student medical brigades in Honduras and Panama in the past year. University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduate Dr. Kimberly Ford and Livonia peditrician Dr. Salma Aftab will also be joining Dr. Bell and Dr. Bokhari to provide medical care and work with the student volunteers. The student volunteers are all enthusiastic and excited to be teaming with Humanity First in their efforts to provide basic medical services to underserved individuals and learn from the knowledgeable health care professionals they will be working alongside.

For updates on the Humanity First USA team’s work during the clinic, visit their blog. To support their efforts in Guatemala and make a donation, please visit their fundraising page.

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