Hunterdon Medical Center pharmacist Rani Madduri, Pharm. D of Somerset was named the Volunteer Of The Year through the Waves of Health organization for her passion in pharmacy and dedication to serving the underserved.
On Nov. 1, 2014, Waves of Health returned to the Dominican Republic for the 12th time for a six-day mission. Every mission consists of a team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, EMTs, and translators who travel to the border town of Dajabon in the northwest part of the country on the Haitian border.
Four clinics were formed in neighboring villages with health care volunteers who evaluated and treated over 1200 patients and distributed thousands of dollars’ worth of medications and supplies. Patients with various conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and infections were seen and provided with free treatment.
A base pharmacy is established in every clinic by dedicated pharmacists by constructing an organized medication room for distribution. As the lead pharmacist, Rani Madduri, along with Hunterdon Medical Center’s pharmacy residents Francesco Ciummo, Anand Patel and Francis Zamora provided support by assessing treatment options based on the limited medication formulary, checking and dispensing prescriptions, and counseling patients.
Dr. Madduri has participated in her third mission with Waves of Health. It is a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey dedicated to providing modern medical care and educating health care professionals about the health problems in underdeveloped countries. Their next mission is slated for June 6, 2015.
Madduri is a clinical pharmacist with specialized training in infectious diseases, and is director of the Pharmacotherapy Residency program at the Hunterdon Medical Center (Hunterdon Healthcare.org).