Programs

MedLend Medical Missions

Philippines

*MedLend will be back in the Philippines this January 2010. This mission will be very special, since it will be MedLend's first independent medical mission to the Philippines, without partnering with other international non-profit health care providers also travelling there. So, we need your help more than ever. Please help us make it happen by donating today.

There are 7,107 Philippine Islands that form an archipelago in Southeast Asia, between the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, east of Vietnam. The geography and climate include dangers such as active volcanoes, typhoons, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis. However, the islands are also extremely beautiful, attracting tourism as one of the fastest growing industries.

 

 

According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Fact-book, there are 97,976,603 people living in the Philippines. The unemployment rate is 7.4. At least 30 % of people live below the poverty line (which means they cannot provide basic food, water, and/or shelter for their families).

 

 

Dr. Henry Hamilton, MedLend Founder, has been participating in medical mission to the Philippines for over two decades with the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California. In fact, that organization was the inspiration for MedLend, which was initially started to help collect medical equipment and supplies for those missions. In partnership, MedLend has served the cities of Iloilo, Davao, Bayombong, and many others. Currently, MedLend is organizing independent missions to the Philippines.

 

 

The people MedLend serves there are women and children. Children suffer from cleft palates there more than any other country MedLend visits. The most prominent problem women have there are cysts and fibroids. This may be due to the difference of iodine content in local water supplies.