Puerto Rico – Disaster Relief - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Puerto Rico – Disaster Relief

March 3, 2018 - March 10, 2018

IN NEED FOR IMMEDIATE HELP

trip_InfoAboutPuerto Rico and other locations in the Caribbean were slammed hard by Category 4 Hurricane Maria. This is the strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years. Hitting landfall, it knocked out power which largely has not been restored, plummeted buildings uprooted trees and destroying houses and flooding neighborhoods. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, families and children are surviving amid massive complications that have stricken the health care structure of the communities. Public health conditions continue to worsen with limited or no power, fuel, food or resources is making these 3.4 million citizens vulnerable to disease. International Medical Relief has been on the ground meeting with FEMA director, Department of Health Director, Norma Torres, Dr. Vazquez and Dr. Antonia Novello, former Surgeon General of the United States. Your help is needed! International Medical Relief has been asked to provide medical care to these families most in need.

Downed power lines, buildings in rubble, massive flooding and destruction around every corner, the IMR team will be self-sufficient with our needs as to not deplete the limited supply of services available. This is disaster relief work. Team members will be required to bring their own sleeping gear. IMR will be bringing in medical supplies, water purification systems, and supplies for the teams stay including tented shelter and dry food.

IMR is a global leader in emergency response. We are the exclusive provider of medical care for the IDRN, International Disaster Response Network. We are currently

DISASTER RELIEF CLINIC

trip_InfoClinicThis fast-approaching trip will focus on medical relief for those most affected by the hurricane, providing acute medical care and necessary medications for those who have limited or no access to services in the region.  We have many very hard hit areas that need IMR volunteers to come and help.  

Health care in Puerto Rico has continued to suffer and the need is overwhelming. Although there has been an international effort to lend support since the earthquake. This trip will focus on attending to patients that have been hardest hit in Hurricane Marie.  Cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, acute illnesses, infectious disease, and diarrheal disease will begin to plague these people and IMR will be there to respond to this disaster and help in their time of greatest need.

We always have a high patient load in Puerto Rico, and this trip will not be an exception. You will work in the communities​ where Hurricane Marie has done the most damage, ​treating hundreds of patients. ​ Tropical diseases including leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, lymphatic filariasis, and many large acute and chronic wounds​ will be seen in IMR clinics​ in addition to the common illnesses that do not stop simply because a hurricane hit. ​ Respiratory and other ​acute illnesses, infections, and motor vehicle accidents​ still occur every day​. Women are particularly at risk in Puerto Rico, with sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal infections, and pre-eclampsia are common. Children come to clinic with fungal infections, malnutrition, scabies, acute conditions and infected with parasites. Dental care is one of the greatest needs in our patients.

Please join us as we respond to this great call.  As this trip is mobilizing quickly, with many moving parts and logistics, we require a $500 deposit to secure your place on the team.​  

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Pay 1,450 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Dec 5th, 2017: 2,100

  • Pay 1,450 of the total cost.
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms
  • Space on team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Pay in full by Feb 3rd, 2018

After Dec 5th, 2017: 2,300

  • Pay 1,450 of the total cost. 
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms.
  • Space on team is confirmed
  • Pay in full by Feb 3rd, 2018

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Dec 5th, 2017:  YES!

  • Pay 1,450 of the total cost
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf
  • You are on the group flight
  • Airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket

After Dec 5th, 2017: On a space-available basis only 

    • Pay 1,450 of the total cost
    • Uploaded all of your required documents and forms
    • Contacted the office to see if tickets are still available
    • Submitted your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”
    • You are on the group flight
    • Airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket
May I purchase my own flights?

Yes!

  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submitted your flight choice as “independent”  
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • I would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost

$300 Bag Scholarship

Doesn’t IMR need to send supply bags for my trip? Can I save some $$$?

YES!

  • We hope you made the Early Bird and saved $200.  Would you like to save $300 more?
    • YES
      • The scholarship is first come, first served.  We only have a few on every trip!
      • You are on the group flight?  YES!
      • You are packing all of your personal items in a carry-on?  YES!
      • Have you applied for the scholarship?  NOT YET?!
    • After you apply for the trip you can apply for the scholarship on your account page.  It is simple to do!
    • We will let you know soon!  Now what?
      • Take 1 or 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Puerto Rico – Disaster Relief.  
      • IMR will pay for getting the bag to you/from you to IMR and any 1st and or 2nd bag charges on the international flight.
      • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic ticket to and from the departure airport.
      • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always roller bags
      • You will receive a rebate check for $300 after returning your assigned bags to IMR promptly (using your pre-paid UPS mailer)

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?

Yes!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?

Yes!

Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • IMR trips include triple or double rooms, twin beds as an added safety measure
  • IMR standard is each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples)
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your needs
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability
Are single rooms available?

Yes!

  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team, including transportation, lodging, food, tips for services provided to the IMR team, costs associated with clinic, and all logistics, including translation services and security as needed.

 

Costs that you are responsible for in addition to your donation to IMR:

  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.

Fundraising

IMR provides a fundraising packet and personal fundraising page to all registered trip applicants that is full of ideas on how you can raise support for your trip or for supplies to be utilized on this specific mission. When soliciting donations for any of our trips, success is completed through telling your personal story. Why do you want to go? Who will you help? Why their donation can help you achieve the ultimate goal. Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to our website or Facebook page and to your IMR personal fundraising page. You may share your IMR personal fundraising URL on Facebook and other social media sites.

Safety & Security

We take security very seriously at IMR.  It is our job to ensure that security precautions are in place, but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee your safety on the trip.

  • We continuously review all current activities occurring on the ground, and we work with the State Department and the U.S. Embassy to know the ground situation to the best of our ability. 
  • We have a security training conference call with our volunteers where we detail our security procedures that are in place for the trip. 
  • We take many security precautions such as radios, a buddy system, and security planning. 
  • We provide you with an email address that you can give to the people you meet to protect your privacy until you determine that you want to remain in contact with team.
  • We rely on our teams to be cognizant of their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings. 
  • We have several policies in place that we require the team to adhere to for their safety and that of the team as a whole. 

Trip Preparation


A service that we are very proud of at IMR is the preparation that each team and team member receives prior to the trip. This is one of the most important reasons that you should join an IMR team.

All team members receive a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, and a checklist to keep you on track. You will receive detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising, and access to a personal IMR fundraising page. Best practices for providing care in short term medical clinics, public health information specific to the country you are traveling too, and a guide to the infectious diseases of that country will be shared with the team. You will also receive a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources. Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure.

IMR applicants and team members will also have access to a series of phone conferences where you will learn about specific aspects of IMR trips and 2 Q and A calls where you can ask questions specific to your trip. There will also be a Q and A call just prior to departure to help ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!

Most importantly, we are always here to answer your questions or help you complete your application. It is our goal that we exceed your expectations for preparation, patient care, and your overall trip. Let us know how we can help and how we did!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while you are in the country, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients. If you are eligible for and choose the Subsidized IMR Flight, your donation amount also includes the cost of your international airfare. Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable), domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. You also have the option of flying on your own directly from your hometown and meeting up with the team in country. IMR gives you the option of purchasing your own tickets, which decreases your minimum donation amount. It also gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, and fly directly from your home city to your final destination.

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers. We strive to have a dental team on every trip as well. The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program in each area as well. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on an IMR trip!

Can I fundraise for the trip?

Yes!  Many volunteers fundraise for trips.  Once your references are approved, IMR will send a fundraising packet that contains information on how the personalized fundraising page on the IMR website works.  It also contains some great ideas for fundraising events and other ways to fundraise for the trip.  IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are there any important dates I need to know?
      • IMR Subsidized Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Subsidized Flight, you will need to reach 50% of theMinimum Donation Amount on or before Dec 5th, 2017.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Dec 5th, 2017.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  And by extending your stay you also put money into the economies of these developing countries!