Caldwell, N.J., January 19, 2017 – Dr. Jason Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, associate professor in the Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis participated in an international medical mission in Iloilo, Philippines in January. Approximately 90 people took part in the eight-day mission trip.
During the mission, participants provided cervical cancer screening, education, prevention, treatment, and a range of surgeries for women. They implemented a blindness prevention program, which included corneal transplants and conducted numerous presentations, on topics such as breast care, CPR skills, and basic self-defense. They implemented a midwife training curriculum and provided medical and behavioral health services to children with disabilities.
Dr. Vladescu provided behavioral health consultation for approximately 70 children attending school in the Oton Municipality in the province of Iloilo.
The annual medical mission is coordinated by the Marian Rose World Mission and LIG Global Foundation. Dr. Vladescu was invited to participate in the mission by LIG Global Foundation co-founder and chief medical offer, Dr. Ernani Sadural, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and director of Global Health at RWJBarnabas Health System. Sadural and Vladescu become aquatinted through their involvement as members of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells.
Vladescu said he places high value on service and this mission provided him with “an incredibly opportunity” to fulfill that value. He is grateful to Dr. Sadural for opening the door for him to be involved and he is looking forward to future missions in Iloilo where he can help increase access to quality behavioral health services for those with disabilities.