Cecille Tapia-Santiago, MD
Cecille Tapia-Santiago, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology · Daytona Beach, FL

Surgical Mission trip to Guatemala

February 25th

Project Description

I attend a yearly mission trip to Guatemala. During this trip I'm the gyn lead surgeon. We care for the underserved indigenous population by performing major gyn surgery, as well as educate lay midwives in ob emergencies recognition and management.

Population Served

Indigenous population of Guatemala, which is the poorest and least served in the country.

Expected Impact

Immediate and lasting through definite surgeries, as well as through vital education to help decrease maternal and infant mortality in Guatemala, who has one of the highest rates in the world.

Trip Photos & Recap

On this trip our team performed 96 surgeries between plastics, gyn and general. I then led the Comadrona (midwife) training course, where we helped 14 midwives review obstetrical emergencies, and provided them with equipment to help them improve care for their patients. Here's a link to a video I prepared about the Comadrona project:

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