An overview of what happens on a trip to Papua, and how we serve the people there.
Our trips are geared to medical and nursing students. The students learn medical Indonesian before the trip. On the trip, they are trained to be first line in caring for patients.
The medical students interview patients on their own, using algorithms for the most common complaints. Med students do the history in medical Indonesian, which is then translated by an interpreter into the local tribal language. The med student then consults with a readily available supervising resident or attending, who helps him/her formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan. The med student then prescribes the meds and sends the patient to the pharmacy. Or if a joint injection, I&D, ear lavage or other procedure is needed, the resident or attending assists the med student in doing it. They pray with patients for their healing.
The nursing students (and recent nursing school grads) do wound care, injections, & assist the medical students with procedures. They also help with dispensing meds in the pharmacy. They are taught everything they need to do by a very attentive RN teacher. They pray with patients for their healing.
In our time after clinics, we pray to Jesus, worship Jesus, and share our faith stories with each other. We study God’s word together. We pray for our patients and for each other. A highlight for us is to have the local tribal church workers share stories of their forays into new unreached valleys where the share about Jesus to newly-found remote villages.
The team sleeps in simple buildings loaned to us by the tribal church or in tents. We eat our meals together as a team, taking turns cooking and cleaning up. We have to filter our own drinking water. We bathe and wash our clothes in mountain streams. Students have the opportunity to sleep in a honi, or tribal hut. We take hikes to local sites such as waterfalls, river valleys or scenic viewpoints.
We have training in the US before the trip begins, usually an intensive 3 days before the trip or an evening every three weeks in the Spring before the trip.