Words cannot express the gratitude of the patients we serve or the pleasure we feel extending our services to the underprivileged. I thank Aloha Medical Mission for making these missions possible.
The medical-surgical teams sent to the developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are a cornerstone of Aloha Medical Mission’s activities. The first missions occurred in the early 1970s, when Dr. Ernesto Espaldon, a plastic surgeon from the Philippines then living in Guam, and his anesthesiologist wife returned to his hometown of Tawi Tawi in Mindanao to fix the cleft lips of children. The Aloha Medical Mission was formed when Hawai‘i physicians teamed with Dr. Espaldon in 1983 to assist him in his efforts. Read More…
Our surgically focused missions are composed of general surgeons, gynecologists, dentists, anesthesiologists (including CRNA’s), and plastic surgeons. Other specialties (eg ENT, ophthalmology) are sometimes represented. Medical specialties (family practice, ER, internal medicine, pediatrics) are included depending on the location and local needs.
Nurses are an essential component of the mission team and include these specialties: OR, ICU, recovery, ER, med-surg, Nurse Practitioners/Assistants, Dental Assistants and OR Technicians are also needed.
Uro-gynecology subspecialists are needed to treat uterine prolapse.
Mission sites are generally in small rural towns where the population is most frequently medically underserved.
What types of surgeries are performed?
Our general surgeons will commonly do inguinal and abdominal hernias, thyroidectomies, (open) cholecystectomies, breast, ano-rectal, and simple head & neck (branchial cleft and thyroglossal duct cysts) surgeries, circumcisions, amputations, and a variety of soft tissue masses (lipomas, sebaceous cysts, neurofibromas). Laparoscopic equipment is rarely, if at all, available in the facilities where we work.
PLASTIC SURGEONS are needed for cleft lip & palates, burn contractures, and hand injuries.
ENT SURGEONS are needed for tonsillectomies and head & neck procedures.
GYNECOLOGISTS will perform hysterectomies and oophorectomies. Uro-gynecology subspecialists are needed to treat uterine prolapse.
DENTISTS do what dentists do best: pull teeth, and if the facilities and equipment permit, also do restorative dentistry.
OPHTHAMOLOGISTS are in great demand to perform cataract extractions.
The continued success of our foreign mission program depends greatly on sustained recruiting of skilled, energetic and motivated physicians, dentists, nurses, and ancillary health-care professionals. Please consider volunteering.
2017 Overseas Missions
- January 22 – 27, Comayagua, Honduras (Celiamarie Moore and Lisa Grininger)
- February 2 – 11, Dawei, Myanmar/Burma (Carl Lum)
- March 5 – 11, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, Philippines (Brad Wong)
- June 1 – 10, Jinotega, Nicaragua (Margie and Art Fine)
- August 6 – 13, Homalin, Myanmar (Carl Lum)
- October, Sagaing and Inle Lake, Myanmar (Carl Lum)
- November 5 – 18, Nepal (Jeff Stone and Bikash Gupta)
2018 Overseas Missions
- January 4 – 20, Gujurat, India (Margie and Art Fine)
- January 18 – 27, Dawei, Myanmar (Carl Lum)
January 22 – 27, Comayagua, Honduras (Celiamarie Moore and Lisa Grininger)Postponed due to violence in the country after the recent election.
- February 26 – March 2, Balaoan, La Union, Philippines (Steven Fowler and Amy Jacang)
- March 8 – 18, Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines (Christopher Klem and Julie Gamboa)