Last October, I was invited to travel to Nicaragua with Physicians for Peace as the photographer/videographer on a burn care mission the following May. Physicians for Peace is an organization that sends trained medical professionals from the U.S. and other countries to provide medical education and guidance to trainees in countries with underserved populations. Their motto is “Train one. Heal many.” It’s a network of medical training, starting with leading professionals in a specific field (IMEs, or International Medical Educators) that spread their knowledge and techniques to local medical professionals, who then continue to teach what they’ve learned.
The team being sent to Managua, Nicaragua was from hospitals all over the U.S. to share their expertise with a team of trainees from all over Central America. Mostly physical therapists, they focused on different methods of scar therapy and molding face masks in the burn care unit called APROQUEN (Asociación Pro Niños Quemados de Nicaragua – trans: Association for burned children of Nicaragua).
When I was invited to document specific cases, I was both nervous and excited. I’d never shot in a hospital before, and I had been warned about the severity of the burns I might encounter. As intense and shocking as it was to see the serious conditions of the patients, I was incredibly humbled and gracious to be a part of such a good cause. The following photos summarize the mission. The full album can been viewed at Wanderlust Photography’s facebook page here.