Borneo :: Expedition Medic
In 2008 during a four week expedition our team managed to treat a
staggering 500 villagers from remote communities throughout the Kelabit
highlands. In 2009 the team returned to the Kelabit Highlands, this time
with an eye specialist, together with a Malaysian doctor and dentist.
The team treated an amazing 920 people. Pulling 150 teeth and
distributing almost 300 pairs of glasses. The project not only visited
the Kelabit Highlands but also traveled North to work with semi nomadic
hunter gatherers, a tribe called the Penan. In 2009 we identified some
common trends in health care issues, namely a huge amount of infected
scabies and skin conditions. In 2012 MedicForce plans to continue
working in these areas, following through and learning from previous
expeditions. We hope to transport and pay for 30 cataract operations,
giving the gift of sight back to people living in near darkness. Our
training team will be teaching a wilderness EMT to community leaders
that can continue to promote health care and treat injuries and illness
when we are gone. Plus promoting health education and first aid training
for all. Simply teaching how a wound can get infected or a baby can
stop chocking will save lives
Program itineraryIn 2012 the expedition will be divided into three specific teams:
Three students and one
Three medical trainers.
Three to Five students
and one leader, plus one doctor.
- Completion of application form, and interview process. Send your resume to email@example.com for an application form.
- Volunteers must have a minimum of WFR training and up to date CPR.
- A good level of fitness is essential.
- Doctors certificate of good health
Departure Dates & Inclusions:
|July 1st - August 8th.||$2,800 (four weeks)||All meals and accommodation are provided. Internal flights (to Bario and jungle interior) are included. Medical Insurance and emergency evacuation insurance is included. Your payment also funds this expedition and goes towards planning future expeditions. You will be responsible for you flights to Miri in Borneo and buying all necessary gear. You will also need to pay for vaccinations, a current TB test and physical from your doctor.|