“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa
In collaboration with Mercer on Mission – Vietnam Engineering and Temple University School of Pharmacy we were able to bring healthcare services to approximately 2000 patients during our medical mission to Vietnam in June 2013. There were 265 amputees who were fitted with prosthetics and 1700+ were medical orthopedic patients. During the orthopedic clinic patients were given Vitamin B-12 injections or corticosteroid/lidocaine injections to relieve the inflammation of their orthopedic illnesses. We also provided free analgesics, supplements, and antibiotics to patients who needed them. In addition to giving free healthcare, we also gave school supplies and gift packages that included noodles, rice, seasonings, laundry detergent and a small monetary stipend.
Each student brought their specialties to the table and worked together seamlessly and selflessly to give each patient the best care. Engineering students from Mercer were armed with the knowledge and the skills to manipulate the prosthesis while Temple Pharmacy students were armed with the knowledge of pharmaceuticals and medical practice. However, all students from both schools rotated through each clinic, orthopedic or prosthetic, and put forth their best efforts to help each patient from the time they arrived to when they left the clinic.