Health & Wellbeing
| Jul 10, 2023

New Jersey-based medical mission returns after 3-year hiatus

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President of the New Jersey-based Help Jamaica Medical Mission, Dr Robert Clarke (second right), welcomes guests as they board the ‘Cornucopia Majesty’ for the Black and White Cruise at the Perth Amboy Port, New Jersey, on June 24.

After a three-year absence, the New Jersey-based Help Jamaica Medical Mission is scheduled to return to Jamaica from September 6 to 14.

The volunteer medical mission will target seven communities in Kingston, St Thomas, and St Catherine.

Founder and president of the Help Jamaica Medical Mission, Dr Robert Clarke, said the organisation has been travelling to Jamaica since 2010 and has attended to some 462,000 patients over the 10-year period.

Clarke said his team consists of volunteer specialist doctors and nurses from the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut in the United States.

During the visit, the team of medical and health personnel is expected to provide screening for diabetes, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sickle cell, some forms of cancer, diseases of the prostate, mental health issues as well as various types of heart diseases.

Giving an overview of the mission’s performance at its annual Black and White Elegant Boat Ride aboard the ‘Cornucopia Majesty’ in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on June 24, Clarke said: “We have been saving lives, making people see again and become healthier because of our yearly medical mission to Jamaica.”

He pointed out that the mission has been providing free quality healthcare services to those in dire need of these services and over the period has served thousands of Jamaicans.

Clarke, who is the immediate past president of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), estimates that the New Jersey Medical Mission has spent some US$1-3 million in providing medical services to the underserved in Jamaica.

He said from its recent boat ride fundraiser on June 24, just over US$77,000 was raised, which will go towards the medical mission to Jamaica in September.

The Help Jamaica Medical Mission was founded by Clarke, with the assistance of Dr Rudolph Willis, to provide healthcare services to needy Jamaicans.

Jamaica-born Clarke is the medical director at the Newark, New Jersey-based hospital, Silver Lake. He is also physician adviser at three other New Jersey-based hospitals, as well as attending physician at two nursing homes, also in New Jersey.

He also has a private medical practice in East Orange Medical.



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