“It’s a pretty remote tribal region,” says Weiss. “We’ve been going there since 2012, mainly for humanitarian purposes. We started off opening a field clinic out of the tail-gate of an SUV.”
Weiss, an ear, nose and throat specialist, drove around with other volunteers, providing basic medical treatment to a population in the southern part of the country that doesn’t get much medical help.
“It’s always different and amazing. We saw some things you’ll never see in civilized medicine,” explains Weiss, who treated a 14 year old with an acute case of polio. Doctors saw 175-200 patients a day.
Volunteers figured out, "what can we do on the spot?" They administered 140 doses of ear drops for infections and gave away more than 200 pairs of reading glasses.
The group is planning another trip, scheduled for January.
“We’re looking for volunteers, not just in the medical field, but we need support and staff, as well,” says Weiss, also the father of two girls, ages 18 and 21.