Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Volunteer Photos from USNS Byrd

Project HOPE volunteers Stephen Creasy and Alla Marks sort medications onboard the USNS Byrd before setting up pharmacy clinics in remote Kiribati.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pharmacy in The Soloman Islands

Steve and I have adapted to the requirements of setting up, working and retrograding a site very quickly.

We have also made an effort to use our skills to enhance patient care. Steve has taken the initiative to discuss patient medications with providers for clarification or substitutions. I have used my certification in administering IM injections to deliver antibiotic injections to patients to enable the nurses to assist providers in seeing more patients.

We had the opportunity to work with Auki pharmacy officers and I donated a Washington Manual to them for reference. I also donated a Lexicomp Drug Handbook to the Navy pharmacy technician who is working with us. The iPod touch Lexicomp program that I am using is an invaluable tool for checking on doses and appropriate therapies.

The phenomenal experience about this mission is the diverse set of personnel-Australian Navy and Air Force, British medical students, Canadian army. On one of the days in Good Samaritan (hospital), we actually did 500 prescriptions!

Thanks for Reading --Alla Marks

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pharmacists Tie Up Work in Soloman Islands

Check out the university blog for more info on the Project HOPE volunteers from Shenandoah University. RX Project HOPE

Thursday, August 13, 2009

HOPE Volunteer Alla Marks in the Soloman Islands

Originally uploaded by #PACOM

Alla Marks, a pharmacist from Project HOPE, explains the medication prescribed to a patient during a medical clinic set up during the Pacific Partnership 2009 mission.

The U.S. Navy photo was taken on August 8 and was provided by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Valcarcel .

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Volunteers Arrive in the Solomon Islands

Project HOPE volunteer pharmacists, Dr. Alla Marks and Stephen Creasy have arrived in the Solomon Islands and began work on August 8. Computer access is limited, but Alla reports " We are off to a great start so far. "

Dr. Alla Marks and Stephen Creasy with the USNS Richard E. Byrd in the background.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Second Rotation of Volunteers Arrive in Southeast Asia

Having seen over 2,500 patients and written over 5,000 prescriptions the first rotation of Project HOPE volunteers serving on the Pacific Partnership Mission 2009 headed home and following long flights and with a little jet lag the second group of Project HOPE volunteers have arrived in Southeast Asia. After a day or two of acclimating to the time change and the USNS Richard Byrd, including a fire and abandon ship drill, the volunteers are set to begin work. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

HOPE Volunteers Meet First Lady Michelle Obama

Project HOPE volunteers, Marley Gevanthor and Tracey Kunkel met First Lady Michelle Obama as she greeted the USNS Comfort on its return to Norfolk, Virigina on Friday.