Medical Mission Research Activities
MIF’s medical mission integrates comprehensive medical examinations, full diagnostic eye exams, patient health education, dispensing of sunglasses, prescription eye glasses and reading glasses, as well as medication dispensing and skills training of local professionals. MIF performs community needs assessment research annually during the medical mission to identify significant patient health care needs in order to more effective target available resources to meet the needs of the rural communities we serve, where families live on less than a dollar a day.
MIF conducts research in collaboration with physicians at University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine, Madison and their medical students through the Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Summer Research program. Summer interns at MIF medical mission after their faculty-guided global health research experience have successfully been accepted into the Research Honors Program, Path of Distinction program, and other external grant opportunities to further their careers.
Senior Optometry Students of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) assist annually at the MIF medical mission, where they gain invaluable field vision screening experiences and learn the use of state of the art diagnostic equipment by our US trained eye care and medical professionals.
Additionally, MIF representatives, Dr Olachi Mezu Ndubuisi and Dr Kelechi Mezu-Nnabue together with Dr. Nina Nwaba were invited by FUTO University as guest lecturers to give academic lecture presentations on medical and vision-related topics to the staff and students at the College of Optometry.