La Paz de Susan

Link here to La Paz de Susan, Sister Susan Dewitt's blog about working with PazSalud and living in El Salvador from 2009 through 2013.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mission volunteers

Absolutely essential to a successful mission is close collaboration and coordination with local volunteers and once again we’re lucky to be working with a motivated and capable team of people from Tamanique.  The volunteer team assists us with myriad tasks during the mission and without them it would be impossible for us to provide the care we do in the rural areas we like to serve.  They identify needy patients for the mission, coordinate their transport to and from the mission site, they register patients, help them navigate the various stages of the mission, interpret for our volunteers and help with many, many additional tasks.

Their dedication and devotion to helping the poorest members of their community is inspiring and we’re proud to work side-by-side with them to create a healthier and happier future for Tamanique.

Maira, our local coordinator, explaining the mission to volunteers

Discussing the patient flow at the mission site

Our diagram of where the medical team members will be located

Monday, February 2, 2015


Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, PazSalud was able to purchase a new autorefractor for use on all our missions in El Salvador!  This machine enables us to accurately determine the prescription glasses a patient needs as well as precisely measure various parts of the eye.

This amazing new piece of equipment will help us bring better vision to many, many Salvadorans who could never afford prescription glasses let alone a visit to an ophthalmologist or optometrist.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible!

Picking up the autorefractor from customs at the airport

The distributor setting up the machine

Testing it out