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Amigos de Salud Headed by Nick and Terri Morrison to Provide Medical/Surgical Care to Underprivileged

Who:
Amigos de Salud y Amistad is a local, non-profit, volunteer medical organization that allows members to assemble medical equipment and supplies and travel to developing countries to treat several thousand patients and perform hundreds of diagnostic and surgical procedures. Donated medical services, equipment, supplies, medications, and money are essential to the continuing success of these all-volunteer trips.
What:

For 20 years, Nick Morrison, MD, and his wife Terri Morrison, RN have led a group of medical volunteers to Central or South America each summer to deliver medical care to the indigent people of Ecuador , Peru , Costa Rica , and Nicaragua . Starting with just 14 volunteers, Amigos de Salud y Amistad has grown to include over 90 volunteers. Various medical specialists, including general medicine, pulmonary, ENT, Ob-Gyn, gastroenterology, orthopedic, plastic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, audiology, and general surgery are accompanied by nurses, nurse practitioners, technicians, and even family members to assist volunteers.

The “Amigos” group has no paid staff and no overhead, assuring that 100% of donations go directly to the volunteer effort. As you might imagine, this is a huge endeavor only made possible by generous supporters. The volunteers of Amigos work throughout the year to gather equipment and donations to go to South American countries so they can set up and perform complex operations in a matter of days, coordinated by Dr. Nick Morrison and a physician living in South America , Zorayda Figueroa.

When:
Summer Trips
 
Where:

Surgeries and medical care will be provided in South American/Central American hospitals.

Ecuador – To date, Malnutrition and infant mortality still pose serious problems. The country has 1 physician for roughly 800 inhabitants.

Peru – Sanitation is inadequate. Infant mortality rate is 38 per 1,000 live births.

Nicaragua – Health programs are massively under funded, and available services are limited and inadequate. The country has 1 doctor for roughly 1,160 people. The infant mortality rate is 33 per 1,000 live births.

Why:

Poverty and political unrest is a devastating problem throughout South and Central America . Access to medical care is very restricted for to the indigent population, especially women and children with birth defects that can be easily corrected given the expertise of the volunteer physicians from the United States . Each volunteer has his or her own motivation for sacrificing their time, money, and effort to help these deserving patients. The common thread is a desire to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Thank you for your support of Amigos de Salud, a non-profit organization.
Amigos de Salud Tax ID Number is 20-5423802.

For more information about Amigos de Salud, contact Chrissy Roachat the Morrison Vein Institute, 480.860.6455, chrissy@morrisonveininstitute.com .

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