Once you log in to the "Friends of Children Fund" web page, please make sure you designate your funds to the Section on International Child Health - General Support, the ICATCH Program, or the Resident International Elective Awards.
Or call 888/700-5378 and make your donation over the phone. Every bit of support counts!
Have a reliable contact(s) at your overseas site (supervisor, evaluator)
Investigate the site (work and living conditions--contact others who have been there!)
Medical/professional preparations (diseases you'll see, malnutrition, limited diagnostic/treatment options, appropriate technologies, books to bring...)
Language preparations (great starting place)
Haitian Creole/English Medical Dictionary email IMVA, $10
Portuguese/English Medical Dictionary (SE Mass. Area Health Ed Center, leave message for Patricia 508-748-0837)
Spanish (many available); for Pediatric Spanish: AAP, 800-433-9016)
Pocket Medical French, Russell K. Dollinger, Ph.D. (JDV Publishing, now Booksmart, 800-788-0064)
Cultural preparation (travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Moon Handbooks; Intercultural Press--get free catalogue, 866-372-2665; personal contacts)
Personal preparations (click on travelers health; visit local travel clinic)
Medical, malpractice, and evacuation insurance
WorldTravelCenter.com 1-800-234-1862 ext. 202 Offers medical, accident and disability insurance for relief workers, with coverage for acts of war and terrorism including chemical, nuclear and bio warfare.
SOS 1-800-767-1403 Medical and evacuation insurance.