NSVI Missions have become popular. We don’t want to forget vasectomists who express interest in certain missions. This little sheet helps. Most updates about missions are sent to the Vasectomy Network Google Group, but we make double sure that vasectomists who have expressed an interest are kept informed.
Up until March 2016, Haiti missions could accommodate only 2 guest vasectomists because (1) each site has room for at most 3 procedure tables served by one supply and sterilization table, and (2) we had only one person (Elisabeth Kaplan from Orlando) who could handle the rather complex processes of (a) tracking and paying facilitators for each patient they educate, and (b) providing income replacement payments to patients so they don’t return to work after their procedures. During the March 2016 mission, two goals were accomplished: (1) We were able to safely store enough supplies in Haiti to partially equip a second team working at a second site; and (2) we taught an assistant fluent in English and Creole (Covsky Aimable from Cap Haitien) how to manage payments to educators and patients. The plan was for Elisabeth and Covsky to each direct a team of three vasectomists (two international and one Haitien). When we can procure a second vehicle, so can invite 4 guest vasectomists to join us. But Elisabeth was not available in July or October. In July, Covsky trained Zacharie to be a second team leader. So in Nov 2016, divided into two teams to provide vasectomy services at two locations in or near Cap Haitien simultaneously. Each evening, we were reunited at our hotel to dine, compare experiences, and enjoy the company of the larger group. But the logistics related to equipment were a bit unwieldy. So the plan now is to accept two guest vasectomists for Team One and form a second team around a vasectomist willing to bring and take charge of another set of supplies.
Facilities are larger in the Philippines, so at most locations we can set up enough procedure tables to accommodate 8 guest vasectomists, who often enjoy working in pairs.
The only fair and logical thing to do is to accept those experienced vasectomists who donate first to NSVI “FBO [country] [date] Mission”. $500 reserves a spot on any mission still open. The donation is not refundable, but if your plans change, you will know that you have donated to one of the most worthy causes in history.
As of January 2017, the current total donation for Haiti (4 days, 3 nights) is $1500 to cover vasectomy fees and $500 to cover room, group meals, and domestic transportation. For the Philippines (9 days and 9 nights) $2500 covers vasectomy fees. For room, group meals and domestic transportation, the fee is $1250 for double occupancy and $1500 for single occupancy.
To be added to the list for one of the missions in the table above, please contact Doug Stein through the Contact Us page in the menu above. To secure a spot, donate $500 to NSVI “FBO [country] [date] Mission” through the Make a Donation link above. Detailed instructions are at the Donors link above.
Missioners should bring:
1. Headlights and extra batteries I will have a few extra headlights for our Filipino trainees, but if you have more than one, please bring an extra for a trainee. One of our favorites is the LED Lenser H7,
2. Optical loupes if you have a pair. 2.5x loupes make vasectomy SO much easier for many of us.
3. Your NSVI shirt(s) from prior missions if applicable.
4. For Philippines missions, 80 pairs of surgeon’s gloves in your size. For Haiti, 40 pairs.
5. 1 box of 100 nonsterile gloves in your size. Better yet, 1 box of 300 nitrile gloves. They pack more tightly than latex gloves, go on almost as easily, and may be cheaper. Vinyl gloves to be difficult to don.
6. Your re-usable thermal cautery unit handle if you have one.
7. Nuts, soybeans, granola bars, etc. for lunches. We eat big for breakfast and dinner, but scarf lunch while traveling between morning and afternoon sites.
8. Copies of your medical license and specialty certification. I carry mine in my computer case in a plastic sheet protector.
9. It’s nice to bring your own MadaJet … (1) I can bring one fewer, which cuts down on my weight, and (2) it’s good to practice MadaJet care if you plan to perform vasectomies at more than one site in your geographic region. Pack it sterile in a see-through sterilization pouch without its glass cylinder. Autoclave the glass cylinder in a smaller separate pouch and pack that into a rigid container like a plastic pill bottle so that it doesn’t get smashed in transit. Keep the MadaJet brochure with the MadaJet. If you carry it on, put it alone with its brochure in a TSA bin, even if you have TSA PreCheck. TSA will fret over it EVERY TIME, especially if it is “hiding” in your bag. If you leave it in your checked bag, that bag may be delayed at an intervening airport if they run it through another scanner. I check 4-6 MadaJets, but leave them on top of the other supplies in the suitcase with a MadaJet brochure. ON my checked bag and IN my checked bag I affix/insert (in a plastic sheet protector) a page that looks like THIS.