Peacework Medical Projects is federally recognized non profit volunteer organization based in Phoenix, AZ. Founded in January 2000 as a small unit of Peacework International, our goal remains simple: sustainable improvement in the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations, by virtue of their geographical location, poverty, or long standing social/cultural bias.
Peacework is a secular organization and bears no political agenda. We exist simply to bring help and hope to those in need. While our history has been in remote locations in developing countries, but since 2015, we have a clinic in the heart of Phoenix, AZ.
Where we are currently in 2017 -
Phoenix: On the west side of the city, we have a free primary care clinic that meets the first and third Sunday of every month. This clinic welcomes Gender and Sexuality Minorities (GSM) who do not have health care insurance. To become a patient, please contact Trans Queer Pueblo through FaceBook. To volunteer, contact Josef on this website's Contact Page.
HomelessTriage: Every Sunday we check in on central Phoenix's homeless who come to have a meal at the UCC Church located at 1407 N 2nd St. Join us at 3:45PM. Learn to take vital signs and histories, or help others with these skills. Provide a safe and respectful space for health education.
Fundraising: We rely on private donations! No one takes a salary at Peacework Medical, and all of our care is without cost to the patient, including basic labs at our monthly clinic.
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Haiti: We have completed our efforts in Haiti.
With the urgent needs created by the devastating earthquake in January 2010, followed by the cholera epidemic of late 2010/early 2011, Peacework Medical Projects has had teams working in Marygot and Jacmel, then in Ranquitte.
In the region of Ranquitte our most important work had been in managing water borne cholera in target areas. This has been done with water treatment tanks that serve an entire village. The water is chlorinated directly from the source, then the villagers have clean water to drink. In the first four months of 2012, there were no new cholera cases in two villages where these tanks were built. The total cost of the two tanks was $1100.00 USD. Currently this project is in the hands of One Hundred for Haiti, a Seattle based non profit.
We built a small permanent clinic in Gard Hiram for intermittent US volunteers and local Haitian staff. Currently this project is in the hands of the Haitian staff!
Honduras: Our commitment to Honduras includes a remodeling of our southern project in the town of Nacaome. This project continues in the hands of capable volunteers!
In the north, we have completed our work, in our beloved Santa Lucia after eight years there! With happiness and more than a little sadness, it was time for us to move on.
In late 1998, Hurricane Mitch changed the country of Honduras forever. For those of us who had a history of service to the area, we needed to rethink our goals and efforts. For one Phoenix based volunteer, the creation of Peacework Medical Projects was the result.
In January 2001, after a year of administrative efforts, a group of nine Phoenix based medical professionals established the inaugural two week primary care clinic in the mountains of Honduras. 1200 needy patients were treated, many of whom would have never received medical attention otherwise. On the second day, a healthy baby girl was delivered, and Peacework Medical has been growing and committed ever since!
This clinic was then held annually in this same location. A typical U.S. team of 12 persons consisting of MDs, PAs, RNs, paramedics, and Spanish interpreters returned each January. Our Honduran counterparts included dentists, optometrists, logistics coordinators, cooks, drivers, and interpreters.
Typical medical care encompassed a medical screening exam and health education for everyone instructed by a local community leader. For others, there was treatment for internal parasites, blood sugar and blood pressure screening, Pap smears and pelvic exams for women. Cervical cancer morbidity and mortality has been positively influenced by the introduction of Pap smears in a part of the country where there had previously been none.
Dental and eye care was added in 2001 and in 2005, two veterinarians accompanied the team to provide vaccinations, spay and neutering, and to teach animal husbandry. They returned in 2006, and plan to incorporate this important service into the ongoing Peacework plans. A team of five veterinarians will come and treat the livestock in 2007.
Who can join us?
U.S. medical and PA students whose school has an affiliation with Peacework Medical are carefully selected to join us for clinical rotation credit. Unfortunately, without this affiliation, other students may not volunteer for a medical team.
What does it cost to produce a volunteer medical project?
The cost of the clinic and all personal and travel costs are borne by the volunteer team. Individuals raise their own funds- approximately $2000.00 per person including airfare, all in country costs, credentialing, and insurance for the Honduras projects, $1950.00 for Haiti. These fees are eligible for tax deduction.
What these costs actually provide:
Peacework is able to treat each patient for only 2-3 US dollars -- a value that is kept low by accepting donations of medicine and materials in the US, and by buying medicine in the host country. Collecting clean unused materials and disposable recyclables from area hospitals helps our goals as well. The volunteers are tremendously resourceful: every year, they do a lot with a little!
How you can help, you ask?
Your support is welcome and needed: Volunteer in Phoenix at a packing event, or create or come to a fund raiser. Or, simply send a check to "Peacework" and we will stretch your donation dollars to meet the needs of as many patients as possible. Or, earmark your gift to send a Haitian to nursing school, medical training, or English classes.
There is an online option for giving on this website as well. All gifts, large, small, in between, are acknowledged, needed, and put to work!