We will visit many hospitals, rural health clinics and mobile health clinics to review their resources, challenges, medical record systems and maternity care protocols.
Amy Champagne, a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans and former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, is Project HOPE’s Volunteer Operations Coordinator for New Horizons 2013, a humanitarian mission to Belize orchestrated by the U.S. Air Force. Six Project HOPE volunteers participating in the mission are spending two weeks in May 2013 improving the quality of obstetric care in Belize.
The first day of a new mission is always a mixture of emotions. We are experiencing both eagerness and apprehension. We have our hearts set on making a long-lasting impact on the quality of obstetric care in Belize.
The day began with numerous trips to and from the airport picking up volunteers and Air Force personnel. These trips gave everyone ample time to meet one another and begin acclimatizing to the new environment.
A presentation was given in the Air Force Command Center where we discovered, as fate may have it, that we have three volunteers named Amy on the mission. The Amy coincidence resulted in a big laugh, and our mission group name became “The Roaring Amys!..#157.” From this moment on we became a team – happy to be among one another.
During the first week of our two-week mission, the joint U.S. Air Force/Project HOPE team will split into three divisions covering the north, west and south parts of the country. We will visit many hospitals, rural health clinics and mobile health clinics to review their resources, challenges, medical record systems and maternity care protocols. We will work to identify any areas of weakness so that we can assist in making some sustainable improvements to the women’s health care system in Belize.
Project HOPE volunteer Alice Taylor said, “I’m hopeful we can have a lasting impact.”