06. June 2020 - 12:00
International Medical Relief
Loveland

IMR South Africa June 6-14, 2020, International Medical Relief, Saturday, 06. June 2020

If adventure is what you are looking for this is a trip not to be missed! Exciting times await on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This trip includes not one but TWO safaris as there are so many special animals to see including white lions, hippos, lions, elephants, ostriches, giraffes, zebras and much, much more! Enjoy food at a traditional South African Braai where selected barbecue meats and chakalaka sauces tempt any pallet. Walk along the famous boardwalk where the Durban beaches come alive with world-class surfers taking on the giant waves or take a dive or watch the sunrise on this beautiful promenade. The team will also enjoy local Cuban eateries, curry houses, and oceanside dining where the flavor of Durban comes in full swing! The team will visit a local Zulu tribe where homemade handicrafts, dancing and traditional zulu celebrations will take place with your participation. The South African people are so very warm and friendly and oh so appreciative of us for traveling the great distance to their lands. They recognize the great effort that we make and are extremely grateful for your help.



You will have the opportunity to visit the world famous soccer stadium and some team members may choose to do the zipline where they will freefall 80m into the stadium (not included in trip price) - The Big Rush Big Swing has been officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records! Whether you want to take in a rugby game or spend some time shopping, this city has everything to offer.



Twenty years into South Africa's democracy public health issues remain a challenge in epic proportions. While the public health system serves a large part of the country, it is largely underfunded and under constant strain. The system is a two-tiered system wherein large portions of people have no access to healthcare. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. The team will be working is several wonderful communities comprised of refugees, tribal peoples, rural communities and slums with no current access to care. Almost everyone who lives in these areas is poor, and some live in abject poverty. Children sometimes come to clinic as the head of their household because parents may have passed away or are otherwise ill. Healthcare is a main concern and the communities the team will be visiting are certainly part of the challenge faced by this country. While you will see the common respiratory infections, wounds, diabetes and hypertension, you will also see lots of impact from HIV, which continues to be devastating. The rampage has created lots of orphans and single parents. The need for community education is great; with many willing students there is a great likelihood of creating lasting change.

Reflections about our medical clinic from previous team members:

It's been great making a difference in the small communities here. The major problems that we have seen in patients are rooted in lifestyle issues and HIV. It seems the local health structures are doing good deal of work when it comes to HIV, which is reassuring. The experience here has been awesome so far! --Alvin, MD

The South African communities have been very welcoming and appreciative of the care they are receiving. The team had the opportunity to provide health education in regards to diabetes, hypertension, respiratory illness, and safe *** practices. We are excited about what the upcoming clinic days will encompass, too! --Megan, Nurse Practitioner

As a pediatric provider, the kids here have been happy and wonderful as always! Other than common ear infections, rashes, and upper respiratory infections, I had one little three-year-old girl who would only drink sugar water and wouldn't eat anything else--but after some simple nutrition education, hopefully there will be some good change for her. It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. Definitely one of my favorite parts! --Michelle, Nurse Practitioner



TWO SAFARIS! ZULU DANCING! MANDELAS CAPTURE SITE! BRAAI AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!



The team will have the opportunity to visit two very special safari game reserves in this region! Last year IMR spotted rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, gnu (wildebeests), hippos, and African buffalos (which look similar to Asian water buffalos, but are not directly related)! One of the reserves is home to the famous white lions where you can get within feet of these beautiful wild animals.



The team will also be able to visit the very famous Phezulu Zulu village where the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savor the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs, and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture.



The team will experience the humble site of Nelson Mandela's Capture, where the internationally recognizable sculpture stands. As one of the historically important moments in the struggle against Apartheid, a marking of the site was needed which has now been realized and erected.



The team will get a true taste of South Africa with a traditional Braai, the typical South African barbecue complete with a wide selection of meats and the famous Chakalaka!



Durban itself is a world renown beach town and home to some of the biggest waves and surfing competitions in the world. Take a stroll along the boardwalk for a chance to witness local surfers taking their chance on the big waves.

IMR South Africa June 6-14, 2020

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