Great care must be given in how medical missions are implemented. Insuring that missions achieve maximum benefits is essential.
- Long-term effectiveness of short-term missions
- What to expect on a short-term surgical mission
Medical missions and global health
The Cost of Short-Term Missions, by Jo Ann Van Engen
The Perceptions of Short-term Medical Volunteer Work: a Qualitative Study in Guatemala , by Tyler Green, Heidi Green, Jean Scandlyn and Andrew Kestler
Reflection on Short-Term Medical Missions by a Long-Termer , by Mike Soderling MD, President, The Association of Christian Hospitals and Clinics of Guatemala (Crossnetwork Journal/ http://www.healthservicecorps.org/). August 2006. This article discusses typical problems and complications encountered by STMM’s and how STMM’s can provide service in a more effective way, with a view towards making a long term difference.
Opportunities and Improvisations: A Pediatric Surgeon's Suggestions for Successful Short-Term Surgical Volunteer Work in Resource-Poor Areas , by Donald Meier (World Journal of Surgery). February 2010. An excellent article that provides concrete examples as well as a useful list of "organizations serving as surgical volunteer enablers."
In Women and Children First (Rotarian) Paul Farmer proves the strong link between maternal wellbeing and child survival, and explains that to improve the lives of mothers and children in the developing world the global health community must focus on “visionary” solutions.
Doctors Abandoning Poor Nations for Rich Ones. (New York Times) and Fatal Flaw - Doctors on the Move (New England Journal of Medicine) look at the devastating movement of physicians from poor nations to wealthy nations.