I joined an American charity called PAGES (Philippine American Group of Educators and Surgeons) for a week from Feb 7th to 15th. This is the 24th year that this group has been coming to the Philippines; performing cleft lip and palate operations for those who are unable to get this care normally.
This year the mission was set up in a small community maternity hospital in Tagaytay City, in Cavite a province 50 miles south of Metro Manila. Before our arrival the advance team had set up the existing delivery and theatre area into our temporary theatre complex. Moving and unpacking theatre tables, anaesthetic machines and surgical equipment from the groups warehouse storage unit in Manila. This just left the set up, unpacking and checking of the anaesthetic and surgical supplies for us to carry out on our first day before operations started.