Philippine Medical and Solidarity Mission 4 -14 September 2018

Background and Objectives:

The Philippines was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013. It’s the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Last year in September, NYSNA Director-at-Large Nella Pineda-Marcon, RN, and President of the Filipino American Health Workers Association (FAHWA) led a medical and solidarity mission to the Philippines.

16 U.S. health professionals joined by 8 Philippine-based MDs, nurses, dentists and 20 community health workers conducted a medical, surgical and dental medical mission and served over 600 people from 21 barangays (villages) in Basey, Samar on September 9, 2017. The mission was hosted by Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) and Health Empowerment in Action for Leyte and Samar (HEALS) in partnership with NYSNA and FAHWA. We will return and will hold another mission to underserved communities in the Philippines.

Tentative Itinerary:

Date Activity
Tuesday, Sept 4 Departure from NYC, JFK Airport
Wednesday, Sept 5 Arrival in Manila, Philippines
Thursday, Sept 6 Orientation & visit Philippine Orthopedic Hospital
Friday, Sept 7 Visit National Mental Health Institute; Travel to Tacloban City
Saturday, Sept 8 Medical Mission Day 1 in Samar Island
Sunday, Sept 9 Medical Mission Day 2 in Samar Island
Monday, Sept 10 Debriefing at Cuatro Islas
Tuesday, Sept 11 Return to Tacloban, City Tour
Wednesday, Sept 12 Return to Manila, Visit Philippine General Hospital
Thursday, Sept 13 Free day, optional: sightseeing Tagaytay/Taal Volcano
Friday, Sept 14 Return to NYC, JFK

Note: Itinerary above is subject to change.

Please take note that the travel time from NYC to Manila takes about 20 hours or more. We, together with the participants and volunteers, will raise funds and request donations that will go towards the medical and solidarity mission.

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NYRN Medical Mission to India

Here’s the much awaited information on the NYRN Medical Mission to India to be held on January 21-29, 2019.

To apply for this medical mission, please register HERE and send $300 donation (will be applied to your total cost). Write a note “India 2019/”your name”. To send your donation, click DONATE NOW.

For more information, email or call (305) 873-9881.

Urgent Appeal to Help the Victims of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Update 2_Urgent Appeal for victims of typhoon Ompong 9.25.2018

On September 14-15, super typhoon Mangkhut devastated numerous communities on Northern Luzon Island in the Philippines. As of 6PM of September 24, the death toll in the region reached 103 as several bodies were retrieved from the Itogon landslide. 35 people remain missing in Baguio City and Itogon, Benguet. Dozens of landslides and road closures have left communities isolated, and massive flooding continues to present threats to public health. Many communities are still digging out from the destructive landslides, and dozens of people are still missing. Please see the update from Serve the People Brigade of the Cordillera Disaster Response Network (CDRN). Please see update from CDRN: Update 2_Urgent Appeal for victims of typhoon Ompong 9.25.2018

We urgently request any contributions you are able to make to support these communities in their hour of greatest need. Your contributions will go towards food and water, basic hygiene supplies, medicine, and clothing. Funds will also be used to finance relief missions, repair and re-construction of damaged homes, and repair and re-construction of damaged livelihoods (i.e, farmlands). Any amount, no matter how small, will make a difference.

Please see below for ways to donate. On behalf of the people of Luzon, we thank you for your continued kindness and generosity.

1.       Via Venmo: send to @NYRN-MedicalMissions

2.       Via Chase Quickpay by Zelle: send to email address (account name: FAHWA INC.)

3.       Via Paypal: (credit cards accepted) or click donate button below (you may donate increments of $20.00).

Charitable donations to help the victims of super typhoon Mangkhut in the Cordilleras, Philippines

Your tax-deductible donation will go to help fund the disaster relief operations of the Serve the People Brigade of the Cordillera Disaster Response Network.


4.       By check, payable to “New York Recovery Network,” send to:

NYRN c/o David Gray

New York State Nurses Association

131 W. 33rd St., 4th Fl.

New York, NY 10001

Report: Brazil Humanitarian and Educational Mission June 16 – June 27

By Chito Quijano

The humanitarian and educational mission in Brazil is another huge success! Participated by 13 RNs, NPs, a nursing student, an MD, and a pharmacy tech including 2 staff, we served a total of 617 patients in 5 different locations. Out of 617 patients, 63% are female and 41% are pediatrics. Our medical team was joined by members of SEEPE – Sindicato dos Enfermeiros no Estado de Pernambuco including their president Berenice Garces and 3 local Medical Doctors.

All our volunteers had a great and life-changing experience. Our first stop was in Recife. We served patients in an occupied building led by the Homeless Workers’ Movement. Although we only served 20 of them in this site, all of them needed medical care as they do not have access to healthcare. Their living conditions exposed them to health hazards. Most of the patients we served were in Santa Cruz do Capibaribe and in Cumaru. In Cumaru, there were many patients with upper respiratory problems and in Santa Cruz, many children have gastro-intestinal issues. The last community we served was in Muquem de Uniao dos Palmares – a Zumbi’s Village. Many of the residents are descendants of Zumbi dos Palmares – a hero of Quilombo Resistance. Our nurses and doctors also treated many children and women with gastro-intestinal ailments.

Most of our medical supplies were purchased in Brazil. Besides being cheaper there, Brazil restricts importation of foreign drugs.

On June 19th, our delegation was officially recognized by the State Legislature of the State of Pernambuco. We were also received by the Health Secretary of the State. Together with SEEPE members, we were able to do a walk-throughs in 2 public hospitals: the first one was the Hospital Da Mulher do Recife (Women’s Hospital of Recife) and the 2nd , Hospital Barao de Lucena.

During the trip, two of our nurse volunteers celebrated their birthdays: Zebora Perryman (Montefiore) and Tiffany Yu (NYP-Brooklyn) – an indication of their deep commitment in serving the people.

Here’s the video of the Brazil medical mission reported and produced by Rony Curvelo. Thank you for the support of the New York State Nurses Association:

To support FAHWA and NYRN medical missions like the Brazil medical mission, make a tax-deductible donation today.

Charitable donation for New York Recovery Network medical missions

Net proceeds of your donation will go to purchase of medicine, medical supplies and travel expenses of NYRN medical volunteers. All NYRN nurses, doctors and other medical professionals provide their services for free.


Mexico Medical Mission

Medical Mission to Mexico, May 22-26, 2018 held in the City of Hidalgo and Ejido La Libertad served about 500 patients, mostly women and children. We provided free medical screenings, consultations and medicine to the people, some are immigrants from Guatemala.


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Due to back-to-back hurricanes, a health care crisis has emerged. Some nursing and medical personnel from the US have arrived—many of them volunteers who can only stay for a limited time—but the critical condition of the health care system in Puerto Rico pre-hurricane has only been exacerbated severely by the storms. As we get more information about the Virgin Islands, we can assess the situation there, which we suspect is also in a grave state.NURSES RESPOND—with the New York Recovery Network (NYRN)

Project NYSNA nurses, RN Response Network (RNRN), AFYA Foundation, AFL-CIO, and others have responded to the call sent out asking for volunteers to assist in medical recovery efforts, with nearly 300 people offering their services. The state of New York has been instrumental in facilitating these efforts. We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with the General Union of Workers (UGT)/1199, the organization which represents thousands of health care and public service workers on the island.


We have also been able to work with the Teachers Federation (FMPR), Comedores Sociales (a community-based soup kitchen), and other grassroots groups providing community services.


UGT/1199 In coordination with UGT, our official sponsors in health care on the island, we have identified several regions in which we can set up community clinics and door-to-door teams in hard hit areas. We have put together a collaborative proposal to staff 5 regions with nurses and providers for 7-10 day assignments on an ongoing basis, depending on the resources we gather.


This ambitious effort requires coordination with our volunteers and their employers and it requires the capacity of UGT to provide locations and support. Funds are also needed—to pay for airfare, ground transportation, medical supplies, and miscellany.


While this project is just beginning, we do not yet have the capacity to care for all those neither in Puerto Rico nor in the Virgin Islands who need our help. Your donations will not only fund our beginning model projects, but will allow us to expand into these other areas.


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The devastation caused by the extreme weather events over the past few years has been overwhelming, but these two category IV & V hurricanes caused unprecedented damage in the region. While the communities in Texas and Florida are still struggling with the after effects of hurricanes, the situation in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and remains dire.


Puerto Rico—the only nation suffering from the additional restrictions of the US-imposed Jones Act (preventing any international aid from arriving directly to the country)—is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the nation’s history. It is reported that 100,000 inhabitants have already fled the island. At least 80% of Puerto Rican homes remain without electricity and many have no water or water that is severely limited, and is not potable in most cases. There are almost no functioning traffic lights. Hunger is present as many remain without income. Critical tools and equipment are in short supply or disappear quickly.


Were it not for the volunteer efforts of the people of Puerto Rico, as well as trade unions, non-profit and religious organizations, communities and members of the Diaspora, the situation would be unimaginable. It is only the resilience of those affected and the solidarity among all peoples that makes survival a possibility.

And now, your donations as well!


Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN

President New York State Nurses Association

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(Photo U.S. Virgin Islands: New York Times)