Aired on July 30th, 2018 -Juan M. Montero, II, MD. FACS, creator of Montero Medical Missions humanitarian efforts, is an inspiring, international leader of sustainable advocacy. Sharon Kleyne, host of the internationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Water Life Science®/Nature’s Pharma®, The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio, welcomed Dr. Montero to the program to discuss the importance of water and the global efforts in which he’s involved. All health efforts, Kleyne teaches, require reliance on water first.
Montero, a surgeon in Norfolk, Virginia, emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1969 to study surgery. On completion of his studies, he explained to Kleyne and radio listeners, he planned to return to the Philippines to practice medicine. However, the Marcos Montero’s humanitarian efforts continue to grow and benefit millions worldwide. In additional to being involved in medical/surgical mission work, Montero plays pivotal roles in sustainable projects such as Eyesight 20/20, Prosthesis, Dental care, women’s health, Food4Children and PEACE. “PEACE is a recent effort,” says Montero, “that builds an artesian well for every $1,500 donation.” Montero explains that the wells are partially constructed and fully maintained by the communities in which they are dug. “This is sustainability at its finest,” says Montero. Kleyne agrees, reminding listeners that water is the breath of life. “Without the water vapor in earth’s atmosphere,” Kleyne says, “there can be no life.” regime was not inclined to welcome him back. At that time, Montero discovered his calling in life, what he describes as a model based on the combination of “a medical missionary and a Peace Corp volunteer”.
Montero created Montero Medical Missions and recruits physicians and surgeons all over the world to donate their time and expertise to missions everywhere. In the last few years, Montero mentions, Montero Medical Missions have visited Sri Lanka, Ghana, China, the Philippians, Rwanda and Mongolia, to name a few. “The key word in our work,” says Montero, “is sustainability. We partner with organizations and individuals in the countries we visit to create ongoing health programs that will thrive long after we are gone.” Kleyne likened this to seeding the efforts of entrepreneurs with funding and necessary technological experience. “It’s so important for people on the ground in other countries to be able to sustain the initial work,” says Kleyne.
A domestic program of the Montero Medical Missions is the Health Fair for Veterans Project. This project assists veterans in gaining access to private sector health care. “This is an amazing program,” adds Kleyne, “that greatly benefits our wounded heroes, our veterans.” Kleyne also asked Montero to act as a go-between, inviting others around the world who are active in sustainable advocacy to appear on the radio program. “Our program here,” Kleyne says, “is a living laboratory where listeners can learn and contribute to ongoing discussions about water and new water research.”
In recognition of his work, Montero became the inaugural co-recipient of the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2003. At the age of 48, Montero was honored as Chesapeake’s First Citizen in Virginia.
Montero urges listeners, potential artesian well sponsors and sponsors of other global projects to contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Kleyne hopes that listeners and others will gain more water education, which is the foundation for all work that seeks to contribute to better health and longevity.
One can also contact www.monteromedicalmissions.org
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