Feb 18-23. The mission of 2019 will be 3 days shorter than prior Philippines missions. As in 2018, we will be in Manila on Monday and Tuesday and transfer by air to Cebu on Tuesday evening. We will work at a number of locations in and near Cebu Wednesday – Saturday, as we have done in prior years. But rather than have a day of R&R before resuming our work on Monday and Tuesday, we will have our farewell dinner on Saturday evening. Those who want to depart will head to the airport for flights around midnight. Those who want to enjoy the Philippines for a few extra days are free to do so. This shorter schedule will be easier for our Domestic Team.
As can be seen in our Interested Vasectomists page, 8 vasectomists and 2 assistants have committed to this mission with air tickets and deposit donations.They are paying their own airfare, room, and board to volunteer their time and expertise to the people of the Philippines. In addition, they are making added donations to NSVI to cover the costs of performing vasectomies at multiple locations in and near Manila and Cebu.
Our team usually includes one or two assistants, who are not expected to make a donation to cover vasectomy fees. Alison and Lucy are coming as assistants.
Sunday Feb 17: Arrival in Manila. Accommodations to be determined.
Monday/Tuesday Feb 18/19: In the past, we have performed vasectomies at Mary Johnston Hospital and POP-COM. But this year’s mission coincides with the 50th Anniversary of POPCOM, and the whole staff is celebrating in a town south of Manila. I have spoken with POP-COM’s Regional Director Lydio Espanol, and we may be able to work in that town on both days. Plans are still tentative. Tuesday Evening flight to Cebu.
Our Cebu headquarters is always Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH, affiliated with Southwestern University PHINMA Medical School).
Wednesday Feb 20: Vasectomies at SHH and Cebu City Health Office.
Thursday Feb 21: Vasectomies SHH and at a location to be determined.
Friday Feb 22: Vasectomies in Tubigon, Bohol at a location determined by Dr. Alesna.
Saturday Feb 23: Seminar for Medical and Nursing Students: “Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies” at SWU-PHINMA Medical School. Vasectomies at SHH. Evening farewell dinner. Travel to airport for late-night departures.
The NSVI International Team will attend any press conferences arranged by our hosts.
Arrivals and Departures: