Clinic Blog: 2011 Mexico Clinic Blog
May 24, 2011
One Sight Mexico - Day 1: Training
For those wondering...we all arrived to Puebla safely!
Our adventure started with the team meeting at Mexico City airport and experiencing a little qui-pro-quo with the local custom - luckily all was solved but this will for sure make for a great story!
After sharing the 2.30-hour bus ride to Puebla, we were welcomed by hot pizza and had the chance to associate names to faces. Team members come from several different countries, including the USA, Canada, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, Poland, UK and Switzerland. All from different cultures, but all committed to bring quality eyecare to the people in Puebla. One of the neediest areas of Mexico, the average annual income is $207. Overall we are prepared to help 10,000 people during the clinic and yes, after a day of set up and training we are ready! Opening day is May 25th, 10 am ribbon cutting ceremony.
Today was dedicated to full preparation, including set up of the different areas, from registration to dispensing. At the same time, all team members were trained in the various areas familiarizing themselves with equipment and processes. It was a full day with great learnings - for many of us was the first time using an autorrefractometro!
Excitement about tomorrow has been fueled with local mexican food and laughter....oh, yes, and tequila as well! just to support the local economy and agricultural products (hello blue agave!)
However, images speak louder than words and thanks to our photography captain Carolyn Rebelo we have alerady some pretty good snaps to share
Stay tuned for images from the opening celebration being held tomorrow, in addition to team photo including an exclusive appearance of a truly, special friend!