The medical team visit is facilitated by Avalon's Dr Peter Saxon-Williams.
We first visited Soibada four years ago as part of a mixed group of volunteers. This was the first opportunity for the local medical team to outline their needs and the ways in which we could assist them.
Soibada Clinic is a significant concrete eight roomed building with a small pharmacy attached and a separate managers house next door. Across the road is a small midwifery birthing unit.
The local medical team consists of 2 doctors, nursing staff and an administrator.
With the help of excellent volunteer interpreters, our team is able to assist in consulting at outpost clinics, sometimes seeing 90 patients in one long day in remote mountain villages.
The medical clinics team also donated hand held diagnostic equipment.
In more recent times our effort has turned more to upskilling and supporting local doctors, nurses and midwives. We donate and demonstrate the use of diagnostic equipment and medications. We provide vitamins for children and making simple repairs to equipment and infrastructure.
Join the Medical Team
Do you have medical training? A medical team accompanies Pittwater Friends of Soibada during their July visit each year.
We are looking to expand the medical program. The people of Soibada have no access to specialist care such as ENT doctors, dentists, optometrists and dermatologists The doctors of Soibada have requested that we include specialist doctors in our medical team to meet the needs of the people.
We are looking for GPs and nurses as well as specialists who might like to accompany our team to Soibada.