HONDURAS HUMANITARIAN AID DENTAL TEAM
Mission - Protective Services Detail Team
Mission After Action Report:
With only a few weeks notice, HASF was able to provide an M-PSD Team (Mission - Protective Services Detail) and Tactical Operations Center support to La Cima World Missions and Church of God, Honduras. HASF also provided security training to local NGOs and churches.
La Cima World Mission's Dr. David Sperow made all arrangements for locations and meetings for HASF using his impressive experience in the region.
HASF ran a snap campaign to fundraise for the mission. Our sponsors, Social Good Fund, provided administration and fiscal sponsorship, have ensured HASF's M-PSD mission to Honduras was a success and allowed the team to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
The team protected dentists in urban slums held by gangs and rural areas where the residents are so poor, they can’t afford $40 to have a tooth pulled. Some of the 200 patients seen had dental problems for years, seriously affecting their work, schooling and quality of life. Roughly 400+ problematic teeth were extracted by La Cima World Missions.
Dr. David Sperow of La Cima World Missions said that usually, he has to stay on guard at all times when working on mission, but could finally relax and do his job. “Having extra sets of eyes and ears that knew what they were looking and listening for was a major weight off my shoulders. I was able to focus 100% on patient care and making sure the clinic was operating smoothly. In the past, I have had to stop what I was doing to ensure that a ‘shady character’ kept on moving or evaluate potential bad guys that… raised red flags”.
Dr. Sperow added that because of the security, many more people could be helped than on other missions. “[La Cima World Missions] ended up with only five cartridges of anesthetic left... when our time was up and the last patient was seen. I have never gotten that close to running out of a critical supply item and I planned the supply order based on our 'typical' pace of patient care. I have usually prepared to have at least 25% of our supply left over at the end of a mission. The fact that we almost ran out is a testament to the improved efficiency and effectiveness of the team”.
When asked what Dr. Sperow thought the HASF M-PSD Team Members did the best, he responded “It was a flawless performance on every level. For me, being freed up to just deal with clinical care was huge. For the churches and their staffs, the security training was priceless and they were extremely grateful”.
Our NGO wouldn't have been able to assist La Cima World Missions without the help of our sponsors, Social Good Fund, and the generous donations sent from every corner of the globe.
HASF have fielded a team to monitor, teach and guard skilled people who can help the neediest in our world.
HASF is planning additional M-PSD Missions to Honduras.