MMI in India

 
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Thailand has been one of the recent, new destinations for MMI. The medical and dental team composed of volunteers from North America and the Philippines led by Dr. Allan Melicor, by the Grace of God, hopes to provide curative and preventive care to the villagers living in the Tsunami-hit outlying areas of Phuket and among the sea gypsies and migrants as well as those in flood-damaged villages around Samroiyod. The team works closely with the workers and missionaries of the Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism – Thailand. MMI Philippines leads the way as they reach out to neighbouring countries.

Dr. Allan B. Melicor is a General, Cancer and Laparoscopic Surgeon serving with MMI as a Project Director throughout Asia. Allan was trained in the Philippines, U.S.A., U.K., and Japan. He lives with his wife Blessie, an RN, and son Allen Paul in the Philippines. They were introduced to MMI in 1994 when a surgical team went to the Philippines. After volunteering that year, Allan has continued to host projects at the Bethel Baptist Hospital in Bukidnon, Aklan Baptist Hospital, Leyte Baptist Hospital & Leyte Province, Palawan Baptist Hospital and in North and South Palawan, the Tboli Evangelical Clinic and various places in Northern Philippines, as well as in Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Chingkup Konyak M.D., India

Chingkup Konyak M.D., India

Sharon Rungsung M.D., India

Sharon Rungsung M.D., India

Project Sites:

Tuensang, Nagaland


Nagaland is a state in the far north-eastern part of India. The state capital is Kohima and the largest city is Dimapur. Agriculture is the most important economic activity in Nagaland. Christianity is the predominant religion of Nagaland and it is known as a predominantly Baptist state. English is the official language.

* Project Description: This is an optical and surgical project. Patients will be offered vision screenings, diagnosis, refractions, glasses and surgeries. We are hoping to do 300- 400 cataract surgeries over the 2 weeks. A collection of Rx eyeglasses will be available, along with reading glasses for those who require glasses after their consult.

Elevation
1,371 m (4,498 ft)

Climate
For October typically high of 15 - 20°C or low of 3°C.

Ukhrul, Manipur


Ukhrul is a land of beautiful mountains interspersed by numerous tribal inhabitants echoing with the rhythms of tribal cultures and rich wild life. Besides the serene environment, the ways of life of the simple and friendly tribals who have been known for generations for their honesty and integrity leave one spellbound.

Ukhrul district is the home of the Tangkhul. The Tangkhuls belong to the great Mongolian race which is spread all over the World. They have a rich culture. Tangkhuls are music lovers and their songs are soft and melodious. They have their own traditional folk dance known as 'Pheichak'. Pheichak occupies an important place in the life of the Tangkhul. The Official language is 'Tangkhul language'. However, there are different kinds of dialects for every village. There are more than 200 dialects estimated be spoken in each and every village, but the common language is the Hunphun (Ukhrul) dialect.

* Project Description: This is an optical and surgical project where the main clinic and surgery days will be held at the Hospital. Patients will be offered vision screenings, diagnosis, refractions, glasses and surgeries. We are hoping to do 100-200 cataract surgeries over the 2 weeks. A collection of Rx eyeglasses will be available, along with reading glasses for those who require glasses after their consult.

Elevation
1,662 m (5,453 ft)

Climate
The average November temperature ranges from a high of 21°C (70°F) to a low of 10°C (50°F). You will be glad to know that the best time for travel to India is the winter season, from October to February. The temperatures are cooler and it is the dry season. The winter season is also when most of the major festivals are celebrated.

Travelling on a Project

Entry & Exit Requirements


Travelers must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into India and contain at least one blank page for a visa. Tourist visa is required, and it is recommended to have the visa more than 15 days prior to departure, therefore if you haven’t applied please do so as soon as possible. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required, if you have visited a country where yellow fever occurs. For a list of countries please see:
http://www.who.int/ith/2017-ith-country-list.pdf

• Americans: : Tourist visa is required at a cost of $120 USD, and should be obtained prior to departure. For more information on the visa application process, please check this website:
https://www.in.ckgs.us/
For more information see the US State Department website:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/india.html

• Canadians: Tourist visa is required, and should be obtained prior to departure. For more information on the visa application process, please check this website:
https://www.blsindia-canada.com/touristvisa.php
Please check the following website for the most current entry/exit requirements:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india
Our Travel agency – Raptim Humanitarian Travel, work with a Visa service. If you wish to pursue your Visa through CIBT visa service you can use the following link: CIBTvisas and you are able to enter Raptim’s Account number (500014) for a reduced service charge.

• International: Please contact MMI office or Raptim Humanitarian Travel for visa requirement if needed.

Application Requirements


Please email ALL CREDENTIALS upon application, as these must go to the Project Director in the country to be translated and then taken to the Ministry of Health to get temporary licenses prior to your arrival.

• For everyone, we need:
- Colour Scan / Photocopy of Passport (photo page)
- Colour photo for your name badge (any good photo, we can adjust size)
- Travel Itinerary
- Supply Lists

• Medical Professionals, we also need your:
- Current License (through time of project)
- Diploma (Techs, Nursing, Dental, MD and Board Certifications)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (this also will help the Project Director know your skills & experience to assign you a task on the project, especially for 1st time participants)

• Health Care Students: Letter of Good Standing from your school (including year of study and graduation date).

• All MINORS travelling with only one parent, or without their parents, will need a letter from BOTH parents stating that it is OK for the child to travel with one parent or an appointed guardian. The letter should be signed and notarized. MMI needs a copy of this letter, and the parent or guardian should carry the orignial letter while travelling.

Travel


Once you have been accepted on the project, you can contact our designated travel agency to arrange your travel and coordinate your arrival the team.

Raptim Humanitarian Travel: www.raptim.org

• US Applicants: Travel costs are arranged directly with the travel agent and are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “Serve Team 2”: ServeTeam2.us@raptim.org
Direct Toll Free: 1-844-882-3233 and ask for the agents by name or extension.
Lead Agents – Claudia (ext. 13302), or Michael (ext. 15004).

• Canadian Applicants: Donations to MMI for travel are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “We Partner” team: wepartner.na@raptim.org
905-465-4300 or Toll Free: 1-844-442-6978 & ask for the agents by name.
Lead Agents - Anca (ext. 32327), or Connie (ext. 31771).

• International Applicants: Travel arrangement can be procured locally or following the Canadian instructions above.

Immunizations


We strongly recommend that you consult a travel clinic, as they are aware of outbreaks and can suggest preventative immunizations. All routine immunizations should be up-to-date. Please check the following website for the most current information.

• Americans: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india

• Canadians: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/country-pays-eng.php?id=371

Accommodations and Meals


MMI will arrange local accommodations for the team.
• Laundry Service: usually available for additional fee
• AC: dependent on location
• Phone Service: check with your cell phone provider, roaming is very expensive
• Wifi/Internet: dependent on locations
• Voltage: 220V (converter or adaptor required).
• Meals: MMI will provide meals for the team. Dietary restrictions can be indicated on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Be sure to bring your own re-usable water bottle with a wide mouth for refilling. Purified water is supplied.

Culture

• Language: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu and other
• Religion:
- Hindu: 79.8%
- Muslim: 14.2%
- Christian: 2.3%
- Sikh 1.7%
- Others: 2.0%
• Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic

Currency


The money in India is called rupee. Money can be exchanged in India. Credit cards which can be used internationally are accepted - Visa and MasterCard the most widely accepted (make sure to call your credit card company and let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally). Traveler’s cheques are not easily cashed. You must bring US dollars in good condition. Torn, stamped or old bills will not be exchanged. $100 bills older than 2006 are also not accepted.

About India

COUNTRY BACKGRound

India is located in Southern Asia bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Neighboring countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal, and Pakistan. India has a diverse geology: upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges river, deserts in west, and Himalayas in north. The government is a federal republic; the chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. India has a market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system. India is a member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

GEOGRAPHY

LOCATION:

Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES:

20 00 N, 77 00 E

MAP REFERENCES:

Asia

 

LAND BOUNDARIES:

TOTAL:

13,888 km

BORDER COUNTRIES:

Bangladesh 4,142 km                                                               Bhutan 659 km                                                                       Burma 1,468 km                                                                   China 2,659 km                                                                     Nepal 1,770 km                                                                 Pakistan 3,190 km

COASTLINE:

7,000 km

MARITIME CLAIMS:

12 nautical miles

CLIMATE:

Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north

TERRAIN:

Upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in west, Himalayas in north

ELEVATION EXTREMES:

LOWEST POINT:

Indian Ocean - 0 m

HIGHEST POINT:

Kanchenjunga - 8,598 m

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