Adoption of the Provincial Hospital in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines
Two years to the month after its historic medical mission trip to Tandag in July, 2011, the entire humanitarian/philanthropist Neatrour family will be back to Tandag to continue its support and nurture the Montero Medical Missions Eyesight 20/20 project it started. Back then, there were six in-country ophthalmologists who joined Dr. Peyton Neatrour in operating 140 patients, mostly cataract, in 2 1/2 days and distributed several hundreds of eyeglasses after thorough screening by optometrists.Through his determined efforts, Alcon, USA donated a phaco machine to the hospital. The Eyesight project, under the able directorship of optometrist Dr. Chris Buniel, has become a public-private partnership endeavor to strengthen its sustainability. This is our MMM flagship project, ready to be replicated in other countries.
This July, MMM is fortunate to have Mike Smith, CPO, owner of American Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, based in Chesapeake, to be in our team. He will start an MMM Prosthetic project in Tandag with plans to serve eastern Mindanao. We will do this in partnership with Physicians for Peace Philippines’ Walking Free project , which he helped start.
What makes this trip truly remarkable is the planned signing of the documents on MMM Adoption of the Provincial Hospital–Adela Sierra Ty Memorial Medical Center, the second such adoption in the nation, but the first adopted hospital under the control of the Dept. of Health in Manila. We envision three sustainable healthcare projects to be based at ASTMMC, which will include Eyesight, Prosthesis and Dental Care. All three will serve as our MMM model to be replicated in other countries. We also have a logistician in our team, Col.[ret] Jim Ireland to assess all the needs of the hospital and to plan the donation process. And as promised to our benefactors, we heartily welcome the inclusion of Jean and her daughter Sharon to our team. There is always room for philanthropists to explore and to further humanitarianism. The team leaves Norfolk July 18 and return July 29, 2013.