DOCARE International is a medical outreach organization dedicated to providing much-needed healthcare to indigent and isolated people in remote areas around the world. DOCARE's team approach in providing total health care is unique in that services may include medical, dental, eye, foot and, on the rare occasions, animal health problems. DOCARE has gained wide acceptance in host countries and recognition in the United States.
DOCARE has a philosophy about the establishment of services in a new area. There must be a need based on unavailability of care in the area -- this can be that the area needs more help than the local physicians can provide or can include the need for specialty care not readily available in that area. DOCARE prefers to have the assistance of a local physician when possible. Once a clinic is established, DOCARE tries to continue periodic care to that area until local medical services are adequate. This requires a tremendous amount of effort on behalf of DOCARE members to periodically make themselves available for these missions.
DOCARE missions can be organized at any time of the year. In the past, these have usually been in the Spring or Fall. It basically depends on the availability of members and their schedules. A Mission Coordinator handles all details of a mission and participants bring their own supplies and equipment. Upon arrival in the program area, DOCARE members are sorted into teams to provide health care services to the host and neighboring communities for the next several days. The lengths of the missions depend upon the volunteers' time schedules. Seven to fourteen working days are ideal but can be more or less.