Mission….. with surprise

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How do you put together a mission abroad? As a first step we must make agreements with the civil and sanitary authorities of the countries that will be the subject of the intervention, we start after a careful planning, we arrive and begin to work in the health facilities envisaged, we return and pull the Sums. But not all row always smooth we hear what Salvatore Trigona, president of the SO, tells us. San. Lions ' health solidarity. Dear Savior Many people are wondering what motivates you to accomplish your missions in distant countries, often between a thousand problems and difficulties? It pushes us the privilege and the pleasure of helping the most humble; One has an experience that touches the soul making us reconsider the way of life, what one does and that one possesses, feeling the weight of the injustice that hides behind the poverty. I still feel a thrill if I think of the cry of a Berber woman, during a recent mission in Morocco, that moved clutched a pair of used glasses that we had just donated, an object that was ending in a dustbin, and instead had changed the life to a Human. But how do you do? One day you decide to leave for such a place and away. Absolutely not! It's not all obvious; Solidarity in those countries is neither easy nor simple. The missions of the SO. San. They are always carried out after agreements signed with the voluntary associations, the prefects, the local civil and sanitary authorities and the Ministry of Health of the recipient country. Their programming must be done in time, you have to decide where to make them, agree the dates with local authorities and associations and, above all, with the directors of the hospitals where you will intervene, assemble the team that participate in function Operational needs, planning logistics (food and lodging of volunteers), booking airline tickets. I guess after the hundred missions I know. San. Has organized around the world now is almost a routine. Maybe! Sometimes it is not enough; For example, in the last mission in Morocco when after scrupulously programmed everything, less than 15 hours after departure comes a phone call that warns us that the hospital where we had to carry out our mission was not able to receive us and asks to move The date of the mission of at least a week. Apart from the limited time to reorganize the trip, the shift would have resulted in the loss of flights, and many of our doctors were hospital employees and had taken vacations, often after agreements with colleagues and Primary. Did you come up with the idea of abandoning the project? Anything else, it is the moments of difficulty that stimulate not to give up. In fact, after a series of phone calls with Morocco we were offered the opportunity to operate in Azilal. So we are also starting with the same programme, at least until Casablanca where we have another novelty. The group must be divided into two: the surgeons and the pediatrician in the hospital of Demnate, a very poor town in the mountainous area of Aghry, and the ophthalmologist and the Otorino in the hospital of Azilal, in the Atlas Mountains. I hope then everything is processed in the best way. Fortunately the negativity ended and we could work peacefully. Indeed at the hospital of Demnate we found a new structure, and the health staff available that allowed us to carry out 26 surgeries, of which 21 in Videolaparo. This in addition to relieving the patients operated, allowed local physicians to practise these new methodologies with an improvement in the hospital's potential.   Thanks Salvatore and a big wish for the next missions. Franco De Toffol

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