Belize 2012

Medical Mission Trip Update

Experience of a Lifetime

Earlier this month, I had the tremendous opportunity to be able to participate in a Medical Mission Trip in Belize. With this being my first (of hopefully many) international mission trips, it was truly an incredible experience!

We spent the trip in several remote villages in Northern Belize. Maskall, Crooked Tree, Gracie Rock, Burrell Boom, and Ladyville all were places that we had the opportunity to set up medical clinics for a day and each village was a very unique and rewarding experience.

In all, 908 prescriptions were filled and more than 800 people were able to receive health care services in the form of dentistry (cleanings and extractions), eyeglass fittings, women's health, pediatrics, and general medicine. Each person that received a prescription was counseled on all their medications provided at the visit as well as any other ones that were mentioned by the patients.

The impact we made in the Belizean villages may not be fully realized for months or even years to come. We had the opportunity to mentor several teenage girls from Youth Enhancement Services (YES), a girls school based in Belize City. YES is a school for girls who for whatever reason don't fit into the traditional school environment. Many of the girls who come to YES have been abused, some come from group homes, but they all need a refuge, and they are able to find it at YES.

These young ladies shadowed us (and eventually were acting as our pharmacy techs) as we worked at each clinic. Hopefully, their interaction with us will help show them that they can make a difference in peoples lives and that being a pharmacist is one of many ways to do that!

Thank You!!!

I sincerely appreciate the generosity of each of you in helping support my efforts as part of the Belizean Medical Mission trip. Again, it was an experience of a lifetime and I am truly blessed to be of service to others that are less fortunate!

Thank you for your selfless contribution and support for this mission trip. We were blessed and the Belizean people were blessed by your generosity. It was a humbling experience helping those individuals and I look forward to doing that on a local, and hopefully international, level for years to come. Please know I am forever grateful, and that because of you I was able to fulfill a dream and hopefully impact the lives of several individuals in Belize.


Zac Renfro, Pharm.D.

Executive Resident 2012-2013

Tennessee Pharmacists Association