The Guerrero Clinic provides eye, dental and other medical care to the indigent people within the state of Chihuahua and other parts of Mexico.
We serve multiple populations including Mexican, Mennonite, and Tarahumara Indians.
We provide volunteer opportunities for medical and non-medical people, adults, students (high school age and up) and families. It is a great experience for parent/child or grandparent/child to share.
While this is a Rotary clinic, volunteers participate from other service organizations such as Lions clubs, health care organizations and the general public.
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Accommodations - Family run motel 2 miles from clinic on the edge of an apple orchard.
It has been almost 600 days since the last Guerrero Eye Clinic. There were no clinics in 2020 and none so far in 2021. This means that there are almost 4,000 people who would have been treated at the clinic who are still waiting to receive the gift of sight.
The good news is that vaccinations in the U.S. continue at a strong pace and that the Mexican government is working hard to move its program forward.
With the approval of the Mexican government and Alcon, the Guerrero Eye Clinic is set to open our doors during the week of August 23rd. Understandably, this clinic will be organized and operated differently than in the past as COVID protocols are implemented for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and patients. To start with, this clinic will focus on cataract surgeries and not refractions. Moreover, we will not open the optical shop. We will not provide dental and other medical services that we typically provide. Additionally, the functions usually provided by local high school students (e.g., sterilization) will be performed by trained medical personnel. The number of surgeries will be limited as will the number of American volunteers.
We will have three ODs. We will consider bringing a limited number of surgical nurses to assist an American surgeon and trained medical people to work pre/post op.
All volunteers must show proof of vaccination prior to being accepted for this clinic (or have a plan to be vaccinated by the end of May). All patients who will receive services will also be vaccinated prior to this clinic.
Due to additional costs related to COVID protocols, I anticipate a slightly higher volunteer fee of $450 (plus airfare) rather than the usual $385 cost.
If you are an O.D. or surgical nurse and you are interested in joining us in August, please contact Robert@GuerreroClinic.org by the end of business on Friday May 15. Due to COVID restrictions, this will be an invitation only clinic. DO NOT PURCHASE AIRFARE UNLESS AND UNTIL YOU RECEIVE an invitation from Robert. Invitations should be issued by May 23rd.
We are also planning a 2nd eye clinic, probably during the week of October 4. It will probably have the same structure, although depending on the status of Mexico’s vaccination program, we hope to have additional spots available for volunteers who may have less or no medical training.
Please contact Robert if you have questions or want to volunteer.
Thank you. On behalf of the Guerrero Clinic Team.