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NSVI will return to Haiti for another 4-day mission March 30 – April 2. The Team Members from outside Haiti are:
Our guest vasectomists are traveling far, making the journeys for Floridians look easy. We will meet in Miami for the flight to Haiti.Our Haitian doctors, in various stages of training, are:
And our Haitian Support Staff are:
We will perform vasectomies at our usual time-tested and established locations: Ft. St. Michel, Ft. Bourgeois, and Plaisance. We have also been encouraged to perform vasectomies at facilities in Voudreuil and Limbe:
We cannot provide services at all 5 locations in 4 days, as we lose too much time transferring all of our equipment. But we could bring a larger contingent and divide into two groups.
I take enough instruments and supplies for 3 operating tables, the most we have ever had at one location in Haiti because of limitations in space. Having two teams operating simultaneously in separate locations would require that another vasectomist bring all of the supplies that I bring in one large suitcase. The list is HERE. We would be delighted to have another guest vasectomist who is willing to bring another set of supplies.
The schedule for this mission is as follows:
March 30 Arrive at CAP at 1:11 PM on American Airlines Flight 1632 from MIA
March 30 Hopital Ft. St. Michel 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
March 31 Plaisance all day
April 1 Ft. Bourgeois 9 AM – 1 PM; Hopital Ft. St. Michel 2 PM – 6 PM
April 2 Hopital Ft. St. Michel 8:30 AM – Noon.
April 2 Depart CAP at 2:10 PM on American Airlines Flight 1632 to MIA.
NSVI will return to Haiti July 6-9 and November 2-5 to continue our thrice-yearly missions. Four experienced vasectomists have expressed an interest in coming in November, but there is no one yet on our list for the July mission.
From Tuesday Feb 23 through Tuesday March 1, NSVI will conduct its 14th Philippines Vasectomy Mission. The 2015 Philippines Mission Team had such a rewarding experience that 7 of 10 claimed their places on the 2016 Team even before the 2015 mission was over.Also volunteering their time are (1) NSVI Education Director Dr. John Curington from NYC, (2) Dr. John Abano, an excellent Filipino-American vasectomist from Seattle, and (3) Iwona Kulik, wife of Dr. Robert Kulik from Warsaw.
Our talks are voluntary as always, and except for John Abano, we all know the setting and audience: bright-eyed medical and nursing students eager to learn and be entertained. Let’s provide short talks (10 minutes because there may be 14 speakers) with two or three take-home messages about a technical or social aspect of family planning that interests YOU. The topics listed are either suggestions or what each of us discussed last year. If you have a topic different from that listed, let me know and I can make a quick change. The order above will not be the order of the talks.
Four days after WVD, from Nov 17-20, NSVI conducted its ninth vasectomy mission to Haiti.
Simone Reuter joined the mission all the way from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. Murielle Pothel perfected her skills during this mission to join Maudelin as a second NSVI-trained vasectomist in the North of Haiti.
Elisabeth arrived in Cap Haitien on Nov 15 to make the public aware of our visits to ULS Clinic in Ft. Bourgeois and Hopital Ft. St. Michel in Cap Haitien. The plan was to hang banners about those sites, and distribute educational brochures and anatomy banners …
(1) Vasectomy patients were be advised to refrain from working for two days and were given an income replacement stipend, and (2) facilitators and helpers were compensated for their time and efforts, all according to the schedule for the Domestic Team.
Future missions to Haiti will be March 30 – April 2, and July 6-9, 2016. Guest vasectomists donate to NSVI $1500 to cover the expenses above and $500 for room, board, and domestic transportation.
From July 22-25, NSVI conducted its 8th mission to Haiti.
91 men came for a FREE vasectomy. Those 91 men had had 531 children. 88 vasectomies were performed, but 3 men were not candidates: one man had huge bilateral hydroceles, one man had a very large inguinal hernia extending into the scrotum, and one man changed his mind and decided that he wanted a 5th child.
For the FULL STORY please click here.
For an update about our Domestic Team, please click here.
Even if you cannot join us, feel free to steer a few of your philanthropic dollars toward NSVI. You probably already give to other organizations with top-heavy administrations who are strangers to you. What better gesture than to donate $45 to help a poor Haitian man (1) reduce his overhead, (2) reduce the risk to his partner of another unintended pregnancy, (3) more successfully nurture fewer children, and (4) reduce overcrowding in a small country whose environment has already been stripped of many resources by a population of over 10,000,000.
For the full story, see “Mission of 2014“.
With an estimated $50 cost to NSVI for each vasectomy, and with the anticipation that each Guest Operator would perform at least 40 vasectomies, each of our 4 Guest Vasectomists not only paid his way to the Philippines but also donated $2000 to NSVI to cover those procedure costs. As it turned out, each performed about 50 vasectomies, with NSVI “regulars” Suarez, Alesna, and Stein also performing a few each, but mostly helping with the challenging cases, and facilitating the exchange of ideas among the group. It was a super way to hone our skills, and we all became better vasectomists as a result.
All Guest Vasectomists also paid $1000 (ONLY $1000) for an entire week of room (usually at the luxurious Mandarin Plaza Hotel in Cebu), board (excellent Filipino cuisine at clean restaurants), and all transportation (bus and airline) within the Philippines.
Then, even after the departure of the “Guest” staff, but before the departure of the NSVI Board, the Domestic Team performed another 33 vasectomies on Feb 12 & 13. And the Domestic Team will continue to provide vasectomies with the financial support of NSVI under an agreement reached before this mission was over. Details of that support will be provided on another page.
Any vasectomist considering a remarkable professional and inter-cultural experience should mark his or her calendar and join NSVI on our next mission during the first two weeks in February, 2015. Exact dates will not be known until the annual meeting of the BMA June 12-14 on Orlando.
Inspired by 3 NSVI Missions to Kenya, Kenya Mission Director Dr. Charles Ochieng is now offering vasectomy services in Nairobi at the Penda Medical Clinic in the Family Bank Building in district Kitengela. Please see his website WISPIVAS.
Dr. Ochieng joined NSVI in the Philippines in February 2012, during which mission, he refined his vasectomy skills and learned how to organize and lead a vasectomy mission in his own country. In a part of the world where many men fear vasectomy as castration or a loss of manliness, education is a good first step. During the most recent NSVI mission to Kenya, Charles led us into the streets of Kisumu where he assembled crowds of men to learn about vasectomy:
Dr. Ramon Suarez, President and Co-Founder of NSVI (in the yellow hood), has reached Stella Point on the rounded summit of the highest peak in Africa. At 5,745 meters, Stella Point is just shy of Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters), but attainment of Stella Point is considered a “summit” in mountaineering circles.
Dr. Suarez also raised a banner to announce World Vasectomy Day on October 18, 2013, a celebration in honor of those men who play a role in family planning and do what is right by their partners, their children, and their planet. Ramon is accompanied by a group that includes Maryann Stein (left), wife of NSVI Development Director Doug Stein, and his 16-yo granddaughter Alexa Suarez (red collar). Other climbers were Doug”s cousin Steve Stein (no hood or hat), his sons William (right) and Stefan (2nd from left), and his Tampa neighbors Juan and Gail Fabrega.
In an e-mail sent just before his return flight home to the US, Dr. Suarez wrote, “Just done it !!!! After a head on collision car accident between JRO airport and Moshi and a shoulder injury after a fall on day 1, I made it to the top of Kili with the 100% of the team. It was quite tough for the old man, but I feel obligated to make the world aware that we need to save the planet by making family planning available world wide.”
And the news media took notice:
Last year, the Tupange Project provided our car and driver. This year they will also print and distribute pamphlets, undertake community awareness and mobilization through the local Community Health Workers, and provide their vehicle-mounted public address system to broadcast the NSVI mission all over the city of Kisumu.
The team is ready! We are lucky to have John Curington of San Diego, one of the stars of the February mission in the Philippines. We are putting our faces out there.
We will also be joined by Alison Stein, another star of the Philippines mission, who will provide help with equipment organization and sterilization if she can break away from studying for the Medical College Admission Test, to be taken one week after her return from Africa.
Alexa Suarez, also in hot pursuit of a medical career with a focus on Family Planning and population initiatives, will work with Alison and the team being assembled by Dr. Ochieng, Medical Director of NSVI Kenya, to provide pre- and post-procedure counseling for NSVI / Marie Stopes clients.
We will take enough equipment and sterile supplies to perform 100 vasectomies, and to teach as many local doctors as we can to be as good a vasectomist as Dr. Ochieng. If NSVI can enhance the popularity of vasectomy in Kenya, he may have more than he can handle. With Kenya”s population growth at a staggering 1 MILLION PER YEAR, we need to provide the best service possible to give vasectomy a sterling reputation.
This mission will be followed by a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, on which we will raise a flag for the first-ever WORLD VASECTOMY DAY, to take place on October 18, 2013, at the premier of a new international documentary film entitled THE VASECTOMIST and featuring NSVI missions in the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya. For the latest updates about the Big Event, sign up for Campaign News.
Click the links above in the right margin to enjoy pages about NSVI in Kenya and elsewhere.
Although many sites were visited during our first few missions, numbers have always been low except in Plaisance (near Limbe) in Northern Haiti, where Pastor Amos Myrtil has such a positive influence over the community. The problems with Northern Haiti are (1) flights to Cap Haitien are infrequent, slow (turbo-prop planes because the Cap airport cannot handle large jets) and expensive compared to flights to Port-Au-Prince (PAP), and (2) our Medical Director Dr. Fritz Lolagne is based in PAP, and travel to the north is, for him, expensive and time-consuming.
Our goal has been to establish a site close to the PAP airport so that NSVI teams can come and go quickly from and to a number of US airports. We are now focused on Delmas, a section of PAP close to the airport, as our best option for a number of reasons:
(1) Through Pastor Amos, we have been introduced to two professionals familiar with Delmas who would like to help our missions (Myrtho Joseph, Ph.D. and Anael Hyppolite). (2) The PROFAMIL clinic on Delmas 31 has offered the use of their facility for the mission. (3) I have done vasectomies on a number of Haitian-American men familiar with Delmas, and they have expressed an interest in helping NSVI start a vasectomy program there. And (4) from Delmas, we can rather easily get to Fermate where the Mission Baptiste has graciously hosted NSVI during prior missions.
Posters were just recently prepared and delivered by Dr. Lolagne to our two sites. We will be joined by Dr. Michael Werner, who recently expressed an interest and was able to open his schedule on short notice to attend the mission. Numbers may be low, but we will be busy scouting and reserving billboards for our next mission later in 2013.
NSVI”s Frohnie Cagalitan, MSW, has prepared a marvelous 2013 calendar for distribution to many health care workers and family planning promoters throughout the Central Philippines in an effort to raise awareness of the upcoming 2013 mission.
Frohnie spent many hours best online casino composing, formatting, and revising this work of art and information. And she will donate even more time traveling to teach calendar recipients about the benefits of NSV and to inspire them to refer patients to our mission sites. How wonderful it is to have someone of her energy and talent on the NSVI Team!