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Do you have a brand ambassador program?

Mission Lazarus

You can spread awareness of our organization to your family, friends, and church by promoting Lazarus Artisan Goods as a brand enthusiast. All you need to do is let us know when you want to host your show and we’ll send you everything you need to get your guests excited. Little hassle, little time. Did we mention there are rewards for sharing the love?  Contact us to find out more. 

What is human development?

Mission Lazarus

Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people’s freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live.

It is often measured by looking at a country's health (life expectancy at birth,)  adult literacy rates, and gross domestic product as a snapshot of development status.  

The 2016 Human Development Report from the United Nations makes available the HDI of nearly every country in the world, classified as low, medium, high, very high in terms of human development.  If you want to look up a country's HDI, click here.  

Why can't we wear open-toed shoes at the worksite?

Mission Lazarus

Sure, there's a few reasons.  We don't want your toes smashed on a construction site, or exposed in a clinical setting.  And even if you're working in another setting, the ground is often uneven and unpaved, and unprotected toes are exposed to soil that can transfer both parasitic and fungal infections through the skin.  

Now, when you're not on the work site, feel free to switch into flip flops or sandals and let your toes breathe at the hotel! 

Why do you require evacuation coverage?

Mission Lazarus

We do everything we can to mitigate your risks while you volunteer with us, but we require MedJet Assist because medical emergencies happen.  We have a long-standing relationship with this company and have air-evacuated two volunteers in the lifetime of our organization within hours with a single phone call.

Additionally, Medjet membership allows the protected member to be transported back to a home country hospital of his/her choice and does not require the illness/injury to be such that a transport is medically-necessary. As such, Medjet empowers the member to choose where he wants to to receive care as long as he/she is stable for flight and a doctor will admit them at the receiving hospital. (For example, a qualifying injury could be a compound fracture that requires a surgical procedure – something that perhaps “could” be performed in-country (Honduras or Haiti) but the Medjet member prefers to have the procedure done in the U.S.

Another awesome advantage is that Medjet has no dollar caps on air medical transport services. There is zero out of pocket for Medjet transport cases that can easily be above $50,000 – the cap for many other air travel coverage companies.

Lastly, Medjet has no health questions, deductibles, co-payments or claim forms; it does not subrogate for other possible insurance, and Medjet has no adventure travel restrictions.

Can I drive the rental truck?

Mission Lazarus

If we can not provide one of our drivers for a vehicle, volunteers with a valid U.S. driver's license above 28 years of age may drive a rental vehicle, provided they have ample experience driving a manual transmission vehicle.

Where will we stay?

Mission Lazarus

In Honduras you will stay at The Posada, our retreat center that is open throughout the year for international tourists as well as local church groups and community functions, such as weddings, graduations or business retreats. It is also the housing site for volunteers working at Mission Lazarus. As such, it has a full-time staff to attend guests in the restaurant and souvenir shop, as well as to provide housekeeping services for the entire lodge.

In Haiti, you will be housed in a hotel in or near Cap Haitien, close to our administrative offices, wherever makes the most sense logistically depending on the projects volunteers are involved in for the week.  

Latrines - why?

Mission Lazarus

According to UNICEF, "Around the world, poor sanitation remains a major threat to development, impacting countries’ progress in health, education, gender equity, and social and economic development. Globally, 1.2 billion, almost a fifth of the world’s population, practice open defecation.  Open defecation and its public health, social and economic impacts, can create a vicious cycle of illness, high expenditure on health care, lost work and school hours, and poverty."

Our Latrine Initiative has constructed household latrines in conjunction with basic hygiene teaching in a number of communities.  Every latrine built is part of a larger community goal to achieve total sanitation and 100% containment of feces.  

A community where every family has a latrine or toilet decreases the transmission of intestinal parasites, which, especially for children, improves nutrition, decreases school absences, and increases academic success.  

Whenever church presence can be the stimulus of community development, it reveals itself as an authentic partner in the improvement of quality of life for individuals and families.  And that is something to smile about, don't you think?

Do you need volunteers?

Mission Lazarus

Abroad, we employ a large national staff to run our programs but often seek individual volunteers with specific skill sets in order to reach many of our professional development (training) goals and/or to supplement our current services.  In terms of service abroad, most opportunities are a week's duration and in the areas of education, public health, social services, church leadership, administration, or financial planning.   

We also have opportunities at our international office in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as opportunities for brand enthusiasts to host an online or home sale of our products, Lazarus Artisan Goods.  This is a great way to become an advocate of our organization and increase awareness of our cause in your local church or community.  

Additionally, corporate or church teams can plan, recruit and execute a week-long supportive mission trip as we often need small groups of construction-competent individuals who can further develop infrastructure, whether it is construction of a home, church, school, pavilion, latrine, water well, or perimeter wall. 

Contact us if you would like additional information. 

What aspects of documentation is the medical volunteer responsible for?

Mission Lazarus

All our charting is currently on paper, though we are considering an upgrade to digital medical records in the near future.  Each volunteer who renders services is responsible for his own documentation and is limited to providing services to only those patients with whom they can competently record their services in the indicated language in the respective chart. 

What keeps people from seeking health care services?

Mission Lazarus

There are so many factors:  

  • Poverty

  • Lack of Knowledge (of signs and symptoms of illness)

  • Lack of Economic resources

  • Lack of Transportation

  • Poor infrastructure

  • Inequity of Access

  • Lack of resources within the health care system (no medicines!)

  • Stigma of disease

  • Fatalism/Helplessness/Hopelessness

  • Inadequate number of health care centers

  • Inadequate training of health care providers.

What does the Haitian national health care system look like?

Mission Lazarus

"Haiti reports some of the world’s worst health indicators, which continue to inhibit the country’s development. Haiti has struggled with poor health outcomes for generations, the health system was further debilitated by the 2010 earthquake, which demolished 50 health centers, part of Haiti’s primary teaching hospital, and the Ministry of Health. Only a few months later, Haiti’s health care network was further strained by the country’s first cholera outbreak in a century. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, significant challenges remain to increase access to and utilization of improved water and sanitation services that are key to improving health and well-being."

Further, according to the same USAID Health fact sheet, the key challenges to health improvement are: 

A weak health system: Roughly 40 percent of the population lack access to essential health and nutrition services; only 45 percent of all children (12-23 months) are fully vaccinated and 22 percent of children under 5 years old are stunted.

Funding environment: Government spending for health is low and only represents 6 percent of all government expenditure for the country. There is still heavy reliance on international funding to provide Haitians access to health care services.

Human resources for health: Attracting and retaining qualified health professionals is a chronic struggle, with as few as six health professionals per 10,000 people.

Health infrastructure: The destruction created by the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew exacerbated an existing lack of adequate health infrastructure, such as health care and storage facilities, as well as access to electricity, clean water and sanitation systems.

What does the Honduran national health care system look like?

Mission Lazarus

The national health care system in Honduras is primarily composed of primary care services at the local level, specifically made up of 1048 rural health care centers (often with only an attending auxiliary nurse), 349 health care centers (with an attending physician), 61 child-maternal health centers, 16 area hospitals, 14 Dental Schools, 6 regional hospitals, 6 national hospitals, and 59 other support clinics. 

What impact do medical volunteers have on health outcomes?

Mission Lazarus

Mission Lazarus coordinates volunteer medical services in order to provide continuity of services to its mission employees, their families, program beneficiaries, and church members, which comprise more than 1,000 individuals, as well as to actualize public health projects in communities without public access to health services.  These services help to collect information about the general morbidity of underserved communities and refers individuals back to our ongoing clinical services.  It also casts a wide net which screens for chronic conditions as well as refers previously undiagnosed or unusual medical conditions back to the mission for follow up.

What purpose does the medical volunteer serve?

Mission Lazarus

Mission Lazarus utilizes individual medical volunteers to perform medical services which serve the community and/or meet the health needs of mission program recipients or employees of Mission Lazarus. 

As Galatians 6:10 states, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Mission Lazarus believes that the fundamental responsibilities of the health care provider are to promote health, facilitate healing, and alleviate suffering while preserving the respect for life, dignity, and the rights of all persons. The prime objective of the health care provider is to render competent medical service with compassion and respect for human dignity.  While serving with Mission Lazarus, each medical volunteer is expected to provide the same level of care, confidentiality, and privacy that one would in any other professional clinical setting.

Who qualifies as a medical volunteer?

Mission Lazarus

An individual qualifies as a medical volunteer if he/she:

  • Holds a current professional license in medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, optometry, nursing, physical/occupational/speech therapy, or pharmacy.

  • Is a student in the above health disciplines with at least two clinical rotations of experience.

What airport will we fly into?

Mission Lazarus

If you are headed to Honduras, you will fly into Tegucigalpa International Airport (TGU).  American, Continental, and Delta fly into TGU. If you don't wish to take ground transportation from the airport via bus or rental cars to your destination, you can take a regional flight to Choluteca from TGU.

In Haiti, you will fly into Cap Haitien International Airport.

Why the dress code?

Mission Lazarus

There are a two major reasons for our dress code: culture and appropriateness.

We ask that you dress modestly because the local church cultures that we work with emphasize modesty. We ask that you dress for labor because it will protect you from potential harm that comes with the work that you may be doing.

In Honduras and Haiti, pants are best suited for our work. Pants help protect you around the worksite (especially if you are doing physical labor) and they protect you from the sun and (wait for it...) mosquitoes, which reduce your risk of contracting malaria, Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.  

Similarly, closed-toe shoes work best for the worksite, the medical clinic, and the Refuge. Feel free to wear modest shorts and don your flip flops when you are relaxing at the hotel or lodge, however, we ask that you don't wear spaghetti strap shirts or short skirts either.  Again, think sun and mosquito protection.  

We basically try to stay in line with local church culture, which is pretty modest, unlike local secular culture.  Thanks for your cooperation with these guidelines, we appreciate it!