C.U.R.E. Clinics - Panama
About the Trip
Join Project C.U.R.E. as we partner with FundAyuda to run our third C.U.R.E. Clinic together in Panama. Since 2010 FundAyuda has sponsored 17 containers to Panama! While working with Project C.U.R.E. you will have the opportunity to participate in a combination of mobile clinics and patient education to surrounding areas. Previous trips have taken us to the country side of Cocle and the mountains of Veraguas.
We hope you join us as we return to Panama to support our partner in delivering health and hope to the people of Panama!
About the Country
Panama, officially called the Republic of Panama, is a country on the isthmus that links Central and South America. Panama is 29,157 square miles in size and hosts a population of 3.6 million people, nearly half of whom live in Panama City, the country’s capital and largest city. Backing from the United States allowed for Panama’s secession from Colombia in 1903 as well as the construction of the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914, which has since become an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Total transfer of the Canal from the U.S. to Panama in 1977 in conjunction with increasing growth in commerce, banking and tourism has allowed Panama to become the second largest and fastest growing economy in Central America. Panama has a rugged geography of mountains, more than 500 rivers, and tropical jungle that covers nearly 40 percent of its land area.
About the Clinics Site
The site for our 2018 Panama clinics has not yet been chosen. Our partner FundAyuda is working with the Panamanian Ministry of Health to determine where our services are needed most. The Ministry of Health will be partnering with us once again and providing personal and support to our mission. The First Lady of Panama will be sending her traveling mammogram station which will also give us access to EKG and Ultrasound. Panama is a great trip due to all of the in country collaboration and support by local partners and government agencies!
We will be offering patient education, cervical cancer screenings and preliminary treatment for cervical cancer, diabetes testing, HIV testing, primary care as well as distributing anti parasite pills and reading glasses.
Teams are generally made up of 2 doctors, 4-6 nurses and 2 other health professionals such as EMT’s and surgical techs. We also take 2 non-medical volunteers on each trip. Specializations that are helpful for this trip include OBGYN, midwives, pediatricians, and family practitioners. All medial volunteers are welcome! Patient education is yet to be determined but we would like to offer community health education which concerns hydration, body mechanics and pain management (think stretching) in these rural areas.
Panama is a diverse and beautiful country with mountains, forests and ocean. Wherever we end up this year it is sure to be another great experience.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Panama is $1,800 . This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, visa fees, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. t-shirt, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Panama. International airfare is NOT included in the program cost. Find suggested flight itineraries here. Should you prefer Project C.U.R.E to arrange your international airfare and trip in full, this is available for a surcharge of $100, in addition to the cost of airfare. Be sure to notify us if you would prefer this option.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Your excursion begins as you depart in the morning on a flight to Panama City, Panama. Arrive in Panama Saturday evening and spend your first night in Panama City.
Day 2: Depart Panama City in the morning and travel to the C.U.R.E. Clinics site. Spend Sunday afternoon unpacking and sorting the medical equipment you have brought, and prepare for a hard day of work in the clinic on Monday.
Day 3: Give back to the local community by providing primary medical care on your first clinic day in the country. Be part of the first Project C.U.R.E. team to visit this Panamanian clinic.
Day 4: Enjoy another working day providing both health and hope to the Panamanian people.
Day 5: There's more patients to be seen! It’s time to get back to the fulfilling work of delivering health and hope.
Day 6: Last Clinic day! Wrap up your Clinic responsibilities with a community health education clinic!
Day 7: Today we play! Beach day!
Day 8: Now it's time to check out the city. We'll tour the Panama Canal and historic Casco Viejo.
Day 9: Depart Panama City in the morning and travel back to your homes feeling accomplished about helping others and contributing in a personal and meaningful way to those in need.
The first Project C.U.R.E Clinics trip to Panama happened in February 2016. Check out pictures from 2017 here.