Zambia - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Zambia

March 18, 2017 - March 26, 2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutZambia is the only country in the world to have entered the Olympic Games as one country and left as another, after declaring independence from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on the last day of the Summer Olympics in 1964. Formerly Northern Rhodesia until its declaration of independence, Zambia is now a democratic republic, an English-speaking country in the heart of Africa, with more than seventy diverse tribes. Its culture manages to blend many disparate values and spiritual beliefs into a single country. Poverty, however, is rampant in Zambia, healthcare almost non-existent, and education ends at the primary level for almost 75% of children in the country. Zambia is unlike any of the African countries you may have visited. With a strong Asian influence and a diverse population of young people, Zambia is one of the most vibrant cultures on the continent. People are amicable, warm, and present themselves as you see them. This simplicity of life is unforgettable.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicDo you want to make a sustainable difference in the world? Zambia isn’t the whole world but it is a place where prenatal women in the area where you will work have never had a pelvic exam or heard their baby’s heartbeat - and where you can help train the local nurses in good technique and provide speculums for their use. It’s a region where you can participate in the training of young dental students, helping to improve the dental care of the entire country. It’s a country that will welcome your participation and long-term value to empower her people to be healthier. From a tourist's perspective, Zambia is wonderful; from a public health perspective, it is not so great. Life expectancy at birth is <50 years and 1.2 million children are orphans, primarily due to parental death from AIDS. Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, due as much to dismal sanitation as infectious disease and autoimmune disorders. In the rural areas, less than 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only 3.2% of rural families have electricity. Children average seven years of school, much of it missed due to diarrhea and other common illness. That’s why we are going to Zambia. IMR’s focus on health education and prevention side-by-side with acute medical and dental care means that you will make a difference to our patients. Please join us as we partner with the Ministry of Health to change this picture.

Lodging

Your IMR team will stay in a variety of locations throughout Zambia. This trip is hotel-based. The team will be transported by large vans. This is a very easy trip in many ways--great accommodations, great transport, and great interpreters. English is the official language of Zambia, and many people we meet and care for will speak English. However, 52% of the population speaks Bemba and 37% speak Nyanja as a primary or secondary language, so having excellent translators is paramount to our success. This trip will truly introduce you to Zambia! In Zambia, most villages have a local healer as the main source of medical care and 2 nurses running a small health center for more than 2000 patients. Please join us to work in these remote areas right next store to one of the finest game parks in the world, where the Big 5 can observe you as you go about your day!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIn one word, the highlight of this trip is "sustainability." Training local health educators, health center nurses, and young dental students - and seeing the immediate results of your efforts - is a true and meaningful joy. Working with people left out of the health care system in some of the most impoverished places on earth and making a huge impact on the lives of many will sustain you as much as it does them. You will have the chance to care for the most under-served of all populations; this day may well be one of the most thought-provoking days of your life, challenging your assumptions and your skills while meaning more to your patients than you will ever be able to imagine. Does all this sound like a tall order? It gets bigger as you embark on a safari to seek out the "big five" (leopards, lions, white rhinos, rhinos, and elephants) at one of the finest national game parks in Africa. You’ll sleep on the banks of the river in a safari-camp but don’t forget to watch out for crocodiles! They are fast! Are you faster? Don’t miss this trip!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtending your stay in Zambia is limited only by your imagination. Ride through the great plans on elephants! Hang glide to see the animals from a vantage point that only birds get to see! Join in a tribal ceremonial dance! There is so much to do in eastern Zambia that you won’t know what to do first.

Trip Donation & Travel Options

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
Payment by Mar 6th, 2017
SUBSIDIZED IMR FLIGHT
50% Payment by Dec 19th, 2016 to qualify
PRICE 3,250
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
3,950
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 3,050
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,625 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Dec 19th, 2016.
3,750
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,975 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Dec 19th, 2016.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Mar 6th, 2017. Payment of 1,975 (50%) is required by Dec 19th, 2016 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Mar 6th, 2017.
BAGGAGE Check your bags through from your home city without having to claim them along the way. All personal items will be in your carry-on and you will check two IMR team supply bags at no additional cost to you. You will be responsible for the cost of any personal checked bags.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Zambia prior to the team’s official arrival. Should you have travel delays it will be your financial responsibility to meet up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Zambia. You will fly with other IMR team members to our final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. The team flight will match the promoted travel dates with +/- 1 day of travel on either end.

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 19th, 2016.
      • 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 19th, 2016.
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!

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