From February 1 through February 8, 2011, I had
the privilege of providing vasectomy services at three sites in the
Visayas region of the Philippines. The main site was Sacred Heart
Hospital, which is the teaching hospital for Southwestern University
Medical School. The mission was sponsored by No-Scalpel Vasectomy
International, Inc. (NSVI) and supported in part by the Bisaya Medical
Association. In eight days, 270 vasectomies were performed by 4
surgeons. As word and testimonials spread through local communities,
enthusiasm increased, and 107 vasectomies were performed on the last day
of the mission alone (Feb 8). These photos were taken after a busy
afternoon on February 7. Beside me (above) and with the biggest smile of
the group is Frohnie Cagalitan, MSW, our in-country mission coordinator.
Beside her is Joseph Alesna, MD, our in-country vasectomist who provides
vasectomies all year long, and in front of them are Bob Kiamco, Chairman
of NSVI, and Ronald Suarez, MD.