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On This Day   January-04  (Benjamin Rush -1746 AD)

Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776 who insisted in medical freedom as in religious freedom but was not successful making it an article of the constitution...

 
 
ECUADOR MISSIONS
 
The Order in Ecuador
INVESTITURE - IBARRA DEC. 2013
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smokh At 6,300m Chimborazo is the highest volcano and mountain on the planet. If you take into account the equatorial bulge, Ecuador sits in the center of the bulge which in effect means the Equator lands enjoy higher levels of elevation than anywhere else on earth making it the closest area to other planets and has been nicknamed the summit where earth meets sky. From the refugio the ascent is a hard 1350 m climb and is not recommended to anyone other than experienced acclimatized climbers with professional equipment.
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In 2005, talks were held with the Minister of Health of Ecuador and other officials regarding the medical needs of the rural peoples. The Minister suggested we contact the medical school in Cuenca and the President of the Medical Society in Quito where talks were held with overall acceptance and support of medical missions using natural medicines for the poor.
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In October, 2005, a World Congress was organized for the regional introduction to doctors in rural, primary care using natural therapeutics in the City of Quito, and other Ecuadorian Organizations. The first day featured prayer in the andean mountains with Shamans, followed by a 3 day congress at Swiss Hotel, Quito. More than 300 participants were in attendance.
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In 2007, the Order sponsored a 4 day training in rural, primary care at the INEPE School in Quito. Over fifty doctors, nurses and medical students attended.
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INEPE, the first high school in Ecuador to teach classes in natural medicine.
smokh Grand Bailiff Dr. Jaramillo conducts a mission clinic every week at INEPE.
smokh Urinalysis and hematology was introduced by the Grand Master in 2006, equipment was donated to maintain a mission clinic.
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In 2007, property was donated to the Order to establish a resident mission for the poor in Santo Domingo de los Colorados.
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In April, 2007, the Ecuadorian Congress passed legislation to officiate the charitable, medical-religious foundation -
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As of September, 2008, the management office has been constructed under the supervision of member, the Hon. Ing. Victor Abad.
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In 2007, diplomatic relations were established with the Tsachila Tribes of Santo Domingo de los Colorados.
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In April 2007, in commenoration of this historic event, the return of the Hospitaller's of the 21st century to Ecuador, affiliation agreements were signed in Cuenca with several Foundations of Ecuador
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In October 2007, the Grand Master and Grand Surgeon announced the opening of the School of Medicine in Cuenca Classes are ongoing in 2008.
 
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The Grand Master, H.E. Prof. McWilliams, is a registered doctor of medicine in Ecuador
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GRAND MASTER AND DAME MAKE A DIPLOMATIC CALL UPON THE CONSULATE OF ECUADOR FOR ISRAEL
On April 15th, 2008, the Grand Master and Dame made a diplomatic call upon His Excellency Rafael Veintimilla, Embajador del Ecuador, at the Asia Building downtown Tel Aviv.

The Ambassador expressed his pleasure of such works being done in his country and his desire to help the Order in any manner possible. He expressed the need for medical care in rural parts of Ecuador and wished the Order's continuance all the success possible.
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In December of 2008, a diplomatic visit by the Grand Master & Lady was made to the Palace of the Archbishop (Palacio Arzobispal)Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga is the current Archbishop of Quito and the Primate of Ecuador, where the Order received Apostolic Blessings.
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The Grand Master and Grand Bailiff finalize arrangements for construction of the Hospital in Santo Domingo with ground breaking in January 2009.
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