• 05 JAN 16
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    Happy New Year from LIG Team

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    Hello LIG friend and supporter!!
    It is our honor and pleasure to wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

    At year-end, have you ever wondered what your donations are used for? Your donations to LIG have funded incredible work… here are just a few highlights of what you have helped create:

    FIRST MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT

    Thanks to a long-time partnership with the Marian Rose World Mission, and thanks to a $30,000 donation from the Saint Barnabas Medical Center, our first mobile medical unit was added to the on-going, free cervical cancer screening project in the Philippines. In this first year, 1000 women were screened and more than one hundred were treated for pre-cancerous lesions. Also, LIG signed an MOA with the University of the Philippines/Philippine General Hospital to partner in training as part of CECAP (the national cervical cancer awareness program).

    LIG YOUTH NETWORK PROGRAM

    LIG received a $5,000 Presidential grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation which was used to fund a 4th year medical student at the University of Puerto Rico in developing the LIG Youth Network program. In the first year of this program at LIG, medical students in Peru and Puerto Rico have already begun and sustained a collaboration in on-going medical education and clinical research.

    LIG PARTNERED WITH THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAJAMARCA

    In its first large medical trip to Peru, LIG partnered with the Regional Government of Cajamarca in the fields of cardiovascular diseases, critical care and anesthesia. LIG brought 21 volunteers and facilitated the donation of equipment and supplies, including several artificial heart valves from Medtronic and a heart-lung bypass machine from Advocate Condell Medical Center in Illinois to the Hospital Regional de Cajamarca, the only hospital in all of northern Peru that provides complex cardiovascular procedures and cardiothoracic surgery to inhabitants of its low-resource rural farming communities.

    LIG TRAINED 20 NURSE MIDWIVES & 1 PHYSICIAN IN VIA

    In a historic collaboration, LIG conducted a four-day training conference with the Regional Hospital Cancer Center in Cajamarca, Peru, in which 20 nurse midwives and 1 physician were trained in VIA (cervical cancer screening technique) and cryotherapy to facilitate the national initiative to offer VIA screening to low-resource rural areas.

    LIG PARTNERED WITH THE CHICAGO-BASED BLACKFEET MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS CORP

    LIG conducted its first large project in the United States when it partnered with the Chicago-based Blackfeet Medical Volunteers Corp to provide medical, gynecologic and pediatric care to native americans from the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana. A large contingency of non-medical volunteers also gave help to civic projects in local elementary schools in this community.

    LIG PARTNERED WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RELIEF ORGANIZATION (DRRO)

    LIG has partnered with the Dominican Republic Relief Organization (DRRO), with the support of the Barnabas Health System, the Rutgers University Global Health Consortium and Rotary International to support the medical operations of a new clinic under construction in Lagunete, DR. The clinic is slated to open in 2016. The first visit of a detailed needs assessment in this community was completed in November in collaboration with the Rutgers University School of Public Health.

    These represent just a few of our on-going projects.

    There is still time to make a year-end 2015 tax-deductible donation to LIG! Please help us to continue this work by visiting our website and supporting us.

    http://www.LigGlobal.org

    What about the future? As we approach the beginning of a new year, what are your dreams for 2016 and beyond?

    LIG was built on big dreams – and as we look towards 2016, we would love to share some of our dreams with you.

    Imagine a world in which…

    A nurse completes her shift and is overwhelmed by love of her profession – she logs onto the LIG website, finds an upcoming project that matches with her time off, and gives her talent and training to an underserved area in the mountains of Peru
    A resident utilizes 2 weeks of elective time to travel to the Dominican Republic with LIG to work in a clinic serving the urban poor and gains a deep and personal understanding of the challenges facing public health
    A medical student in Puerto Rico who is a member of the LIG Youth Network collaborates on-line with a medical student in the Philippines in brainstorming how to reach the street-dwellers who have no access to medical care
    A high school student with big and bold ideas, submits a proposal to LIG and is given an international forum in which to explore the feasibility of his idea, to pursue mentorship from professionals around the globe and to learn the power of global collaboration
    An established attending physician is able to share her expertise with those in great need while still supporting her family and running a private practice by volunteering in an LIG project for one week in the US or abroad
    Do any of these dreams speak to you? Health is global. Diseases are not constrained by man-made or natural borders. At LIG, we believe that healthcare must also be global to be the most effective. Our current and future healthcare professionals need global experience now to prepare for this – we remain committed to bringing together volunteers and supplies with communities in great need around the globe.
    Thank you for your support – our work is made possible by you. Your faith in us transforms our shared dreams, no matter how improbable, into reality.

    Sincerely,
    The Life is Great Global Foundation.

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