A small group of doctors, nurses and volunteers traveled on their first medical mission to a small village in Guatemala, Central America, in 2001. Their mission was to provide quality medical care, medicines, and vitamins free of charge for humanitarian purposes and to further enhance goodwill of the United States in Latin America. After treating well over a thousand incredibly grateful patients, the medical team committed to returning every six months thereafter to treat the needy people of Guatemala.
By 2008, the mission had taken on the official name of Emmaus Medical Mission. Every half a year, the mission offers patients in Guatemala a broad range of medical services, including Pediatrics, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, Urology, Infectious Disease, Dermatology, Hematology, Oncology, Dental, General and Maxillofacial Surgery, Podiatry, Psychology, Pharmacy, and Chiropractic Services. Patients in Guatemala travel from all over the country, and also rely on the mission for return visits, for medical conditions such as Malnutrition; Hypertension; Diabetes; Dehydration; Parasitic Infestation; Asthma; Allergies; Skin diseases; Syncope; Chronic Lung Infections; and Gastrointestinal tract problems. Time and time again, Emmaus Medical Mission has given patients from throughout Guatemala the opportunity to receive high-quality healthcare that they need and may not have been able to otherwise obtain.
During the missions, the group of doctors, nurses, and other volunteers stay at Misioneros Del Camino, a home for the orphaned, abandoned, and malnourished children of Guatemala started by Mrs. Leonor Portela, better known as Mami Leo. Every child at Misioneros Del Camino is provided with love and education to help them become productive citizens of Guatemalan society and break the cycle of ignorance, poverty, and abuse from which they came. Since 2007, Misioneros Del Camino has also been the home of a high-quality neurological center, where over 100 children with neurological disorders are provided free care and the opportunity for a better life, for themselves as well as for their families. To find out more about Misioneros Del Camino and the neurological center, please click here:
Emmaus Medical Mission welcomes doctors, nurses, and volunteers of all religions, beliefs, and walks of life. The foundation of the mission has always been to provide love and medical care for those who have been forgotten, and to ensure that they are never forgotten again.