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Volunteers Return to Guatemala for Second HF Medical Outreach Camp


A team of medical and student Humanity First volunteers will be returning to Guatemala for the second Humanity First Medical Outreach (HFMO) trip from March 2 to 10, 2013. They will participate in a week-long medical mission to provide basic primary care to those in need. The volunteer team includes experienced physicians as well as a pharmacist, and undergraduate students from the Humanity First Student Organization at University of Michigan.

With the support of the Humanity First Guatemala team, the volunteers again plan to open and run a primary care clinic in underserved communities Guatemala to provide free health-care to local citizens. Students are preparing hygiene packs, vitamins, and over-the-counter medicines to patients to distribute to locals. They will also shadow the US and Guatemalan medical professionals as they conduct medical and dental exams.

The HFMO 2013 team will be lead by Dr. Amin Bokhari, who was a member of the first HFMO camp last year. He initially joined Humanity First as a member of the immediate disaster response team for the Haiti Earthquake in early 2010, and has been volunteering with Humanity First since then. He will be joined by Dr. Rafi Malik, who has also been active in providing medical care through Humanity First, and traveled to Haiti three times. This year's dental clinic will be led by Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, and pharmacist Dr. Zujajah Shaikh will be running the mobile pharmacy with the assistance of students and local translators. Pediatrician Dr. Salma Aftab will also be returning to provide care to local children. This knowledgeable team of health-care professionals will not only be providing medical care to locals, but also teaching students about the basics of their fields through hands-on experience and discussions.

As always, all volunteers are all enthusiastic and excited to join Humanity First to provide basic medical services to underserved individuals. For updates on the Humanity First USA team's work during the trip, you can view their blog updates here. To support their efforts in Guatemala and to make a donation, please visit their fundraising page.

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