Dr. Michael Omidi, M.D. and a team of medical professionals recently provided free medical and surgical aid to afflicted people in the Philippines. The trip was sponsored by the charities No More Poverty, co-founded by Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., and Charitable Endowment Support (CES7).
Breast cancer is far more prevalent in Third World countries than we in the United States choose to believe, and the lack of resources for early detection and treatment is woefully under reported. Dr. Michael Omidi recently visited the city of Calumpit in the Philippines with a team of doctors to provide free medical care to patients suffering from breast cancer and other dangerous conditions.
In the Philippines, the breast cancer survival rate is less than 40 percent, compared to the 85-90 percent survival rate in developed countries. Global health organizations do great work but are primarily focused on the control of highly communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Even if cancer detection resources are available, if they are not partnered with awareness and self-monitoring information, patients are unable to participate in their own preventative treatment.
“For some reason, we think that breast cancer is exclusively a problem of wealthy nations, but for people in underdeveloped countries it is much, much worse,” says Dr. Omidi. “They are lacking detection measures or information available. We’ve operated on patients with large cancerous growths that would have not been treated otherwise. It is quite alarming.”
During the December, 2012 trip, Dr. Omidi’s medical team was able to perform 36 surgeries for the removal of breast cancer tumors and other types of cancerous tissues over the course of several days. The Philippines have very few public educational programs on how the incidence of breast cancer death can be reduced through clinical and self-examinations. Currently, it is estimated that three out of every 100 Filipinas will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, it is usually considered to be a death sentence mainly because the patients are not aware of the treatments available or have no money for the surgery.
The trip to Calumpit was co-sponsored by Charitable Endowment Support, the local Bulacan government and Dr. Omidi’s charity, No More Poverty. The team plans to return to the region in the summer to provide more free medical and surgical aid. “We are truly humbled by the experience of giving so many people a chance at life and health, but it is just a drop in the bucket,” says Dr. Omidi. “There is a lot more work to be done.” Another medical mission is planned for Summer, 2013.
Charitable Endowment Support dba CES7 (http://CES7.org) is a nonprofit organization that works to rescue children living on their own in impoverished conditions in the third world, and shelter them in a safe and healthy environment. CES7 is currently working to build an orphanage in Cebu, Philippines, fully equipped with a medical and dental office for the children. Additionally, they are in the process of gathering all of the funds for the construction of a two-story school for the Precious Heritage Foundation, and drilling deep wells and providing water treatment services for the island of Boracay.
No More Poverty (http://www.nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization (with a pending 501(c)3 application) founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.
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