With the help of local medical professionals from Connecticut, Team Tobati invests a great deal of its resources and energy into the area of healthcare.
The team along with the assistance of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center works to expand and supply Tobati's ill-equipped public clinic. The team funds free clinics in poor neighborhoods and administrates an international doctors' network. In this exchange program, Hartford area doctors travel to Paraguay to see patients and aid the clinic and medical professional from Tobati study and train at Hartford's hospitals.
In March 2001, Dr. Barbara Ziogas, Dr. Stephen Kaye, and Dr. Dennis Ferguson, three doctors from the Hartford area, traveled with Team Tobati. The doctors inventoried the supplies, treated patients, and participated in community service projects.
In March 2002, Dr Paul Dworkin, Dr. Barbara
Ziogas, Dr. Fred Bogin, and Dr. John Brancato traveled to Paraguay with the team. These Hartford area doctors worked in Tobati treating hundreds of impoverished patients each day. The doctors were able to provide free medicine for the large number of patients who were unable to pay.
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During the March 2003 trip, the following fourteen doctors accompanied the team to Tobati: Dr. Fred Bogin, Dr. Barbara Ziogas, Dr. Anand Sekaran, Dr. Ruth Loomis, Dr. Diego Mechoso, Dr. Alison Pease, Dr. Dan Rierdan, Dr. Candra Smith-Slatas, Dr. John Brancato, Dr. Nancy Law, Dr. Olga Toro-Salazar, Dr. Christian Archambault, and Dr. Jill Kasper. These physicians saw hundreds of poor patients each day and were able to supply them with free medications. The doctors treated patients in poor rural villages around Tobati and also in the town's small medical clinic.
During the March 2004 service trip, the following doctors accompanied the team to Tobati: Dr. Diego Mechosa, Dra. Anju Mammen, Dra. Prit Bhansali, Dra. Kerry Moss, Dr. Paul Dworkin, Dr. Lorence Eschoe, Dr. Jody Navitsky,
Dra. Deepa Grewal, Dra. Tempe Chen, Dr. Barbara Ziogas, and Dr. Juan Carlos Garcia. These physicians took part in free clinics throughout the 22 rural villages that make up Tobati. They saw over 1700 patients at rural medical outposts, schools, and within the town's medical clinic.
|Ms. Larsen translating diagnosis|
During the March 2005 service trip, the following doctors joined the team to Tobati: Dr. John Brancato, Dr. Annie Slater, Dr. Jo-Ann Gates, Dr. Karen Moalem, Dr. Christine Skurkis, Dr. Barbara Ziogas, and Dr. Juan Carlos Garcia. These doctors donated their time and energy during free clinics throughout the rural villages of Tobati. They treated hundreds of patients for free.
Over the past seven years, the team has donated an x-ray machine, microscopes, an ultrasound machine, scores of bandages, needles, medication, and other much needed medical supplies. The team also funded and helped in the construction of an expansion to the town s clinic in 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004. Due in large part to Team Tobati's commitment, El Centro de Salud is now four times the size it was in 1998.