In Honduras, the healthcare system ranks 131st among 191 countries listed by the World Health Organization, and only 10% of Hondurans are covered by health insurance. “If you come in for an exam or checkup, you’re expected to go to a medical supplies store to purchase what you need and bring it to your doctor,” said One World Surgery Supply Chain Manager Michael Fry who helped lead the volunteer mission with Medline. The situation often means Hondurans simply can’t afford needed surgeries.
To help bridge that gap, One World Surgery funds and operates the Holy Family Surgery Center. It’s located on the property of their partner, the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) children’s home, a 2,000-acre ranch approximately one hour northeast of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. One World Surgery coordinates medical mission trips that work side by side with Honduran staff at the surgery center. Together, they’re able to perform approximately 1,300 surgeries each year. “We offer services there that aren’t offered anywhere else in the country,” Fry said.
Medline and One World Surgery: a long-lasting partnership
“The close relationship between Medline and One World Surgery goes back many years,” explained Senior Manager, Environmental, Social & Governance Evelyn Miller, also a volunteer on the trip.