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2016: Bill Campaigne

Honduras Veterinary-Public Health Ministry

2016

Because of your support, the 30th year of the Honduras Veterinary-Public Health Ministry trip was one of the best ever. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

With our Honduran partners at Cafe CoHorSil, the veterinary teams vaccinated for Tetanus in equine; Blackleg in cattle, sheep, and goats; Erysipelas in swine; Pigeon Pox in fowl; Rabies in horses, dogs, and cats; Dystemper/parvo in dogs; and Feline distemper in cats. Each animal was treated for internal and external parasites and minor wounds. Finally, each animal was blessed and marked with a cross. 

Some of the Hondurans living in the remote mountains received training in basic animal health care, especially in the delivery of new borns and were given the Spanish versions of Where There is No Animal Doctor.  As of 2016, there are 12 mountain hamlets that have some long term veterinary care.

The Public Health Team worked with the local Honduran school system to serve the children in the remote mountain schools. The team performed personal hygiene presentations and gave each child a gift bag (soap, toothbrush, comb). They worked to improve education,  encouraging and evaluating the teachers and the children who have been given the XO learning system. Each child received a writing notebook and pencil. Screen doors were installed to keep out the Zika mosquitoes, dogs, and chickens.  At the school at Santa Rosita, the team was happy to see that the indoor bathrooms, kitchen, and water collection system had finally been completed and were in working order.  Now, we are hoping that the government will pay for a full time teacher.  Each of these remote schools received a supplement of rice and beans for the malnourished children.  

For the first time, a team tested the eyes of these underserved children with the eyeNetra machine, which tests for astigmatisms, etc. and prints out the prescription. Out of the 200 children tested, forty children needed glasses. Now,  the Lions Club will provide FREE eyeglasses through the Lions Club. This venture was so successful that it was decided to purchase two more eyeNetra machines for next year.

The birthing center was completed eleven years ago. The nurses reported that of all the mothers that delivered in this hospital, not one has died.  One of the nurses was trained to use the eyeNetra machine so that townspeople can have their eyes tested throughout the year. We continued improvements to the birthing center facilities by installing a misting system to protect mothers from mosquitoes that carry malaria and the Zika virus.

There is not enough space to describe all that was done, but with your help, it was a successful trip.

As a small thank you, please find enclosed a bag of Honduran coffee beans and two letters from first time members.

It was our privilege to serve the poorest of the poor in Honduras.

I am profoundly grateful for your contribution and support.

Sincerely.

Bill Campaigne, DVM