Health Partners International of Canada to send 5,000th Physician Travel Pack as part of a medical mission to Honduras



    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Peterborough Doctor Hardy Friesen
will be carrying the 5000th Physician Travel Pack (PTP) from Health Partners
International of Canada (HPIC) when he travels later this month on a six-week
medical mission to Honduras, accompanied by a team of doctors, dentists and
nurses.
    Dr. Friesen is part of the Peterborough Medical Brigade that works with
the locally-based Friends of Honduran Children organization. The family doctor
has been on seven medical missions since 2001 to Honduras, providing free
medical assistance to children for whom no treatment is available.
    A Physician Travel Pack (PTP) contains an assortment of essential
medicines and medical supplies that can treat hundreds of children and adults.
It is composed of the primary care medical products most requested by Canadian
doctors and was designed by physicians who have experience working in
rudimentary conditions.
    The contents of the PTPs are donated by members of Canada's healthcare
industry free of charge for use by Canadian healthcare professionals who
volunteer their time to medical missions in the developing world. Each PTP is
valued up to $5000.
    "The 5,000th Travel pack is a significant milestone for us," said HPIC
President Glen Shepherd. "Since the PTP program began in 1994, millions of
people in more than 116 countries have been given the gift of health and hope
by Canadian medical professionals such as Dr. Friesen and the members of the
Peterborough Medical Brigade. Being able to partner with him on this milestone
occasion underscores the important humanitarian work being carried out by
Canadians around the world and we thank him for it."
    Dr. Friesen says it is "like Christmas" when he arrives in Honduras and
opens the Travel Pack. "It is well packed and contains so many essential
medicines that we need to treat the patients," he says.
    Dr. Friesen and his team of four other doctors, one dentist, five nurses
and some medical students will be carrying six PTPS with them to Honduras.
Friends of Honduran Children run local clinics in rural areas and a team
normally sees up to 1,500 patients during a visit. More than 100,000 Hondurans
have been treated by the group since its inception in 2001. The Peterborough
Medical Brigade sends three teams each year to the Central American country.




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For further information: Bill Kokesch, Associate Director, Media
Relations, (514) 717-4769 (cell.), Toll-free: 1-800-627-1787, (514) 695-0007,
ext. 107, bkokesch@hpicanada.ca


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