Medical Mission Team From Gardner-Webb University Cares for Refugees in Thailand

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Led by Nursing Professors, Students Provide Screenings and Assessments

The 12-member medical mission team from Gardner-Webb, who provided care to refugees in Thailand, pose for a photoBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—A 12-member team from Gardner-Webb University served on a medical mission trip to Thailand from May 13-23. Led by Dr. Nicole Waters, interim associate provost of the College of Health Sciences, associate professor and dean of the Hunt School of Nursing, and Dr. Candice Rome, associate professor of nursing, the group included six nursing majors, two exercise science majors and two biology majors.

Working with missionaries, team members provided basic health care in Thailand to approximately 300 refugees of all ages, from multiple countries.

“For the majority of the trip, we hosted free medical clinics for refugees in villages, at a café, while doing home visits, and at a school,” Waters related. “During the medical clinics, our team performed glucose screenings, vital sign assessments, vision screenings, physical assessments, health education, and resolution of minor health concerns. This allowed our team the ability to experience community health in a foreign country and show the love of Christ to all refugees and families.”

The group also visited and prayed with refugees detained in the Thailand Immigration Detention Center (IDC) and prayed for young girls and boys, women, and men forced into sex trade.

Before the trip, the team had gathered supplies and made personal hygiene kits. These kits were provided to all refugees, who were seen in the medical clinics and to those viNursing students from Gardner-Webb perform health assessments on refugee children in Thailandsited in the Thailand IDC. Kits were also provided to women who have been rescued from a captive life of sex trade.

Nursing student Jasmine Gray said she was grateful for the experiences she had on the mission trip and wanted to encourage other Gardner-Webb students to take the opportunity to go on one. “The trip opened my eyes to so much about the world that I live in versus the world that other people live in,” Gray reflected. “There were so many aspects of this trip that impacted me, but the part that had the most impact was seeing the children taking care of themselves at such a young age. I have a heart and a passion for kids, and it really broke my heart to see them taking care of themselves and their younger siblings while their parents are out working for months on end.”

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