Doctor Brings Medical Care to Kids

By Robyn Wilson   |  Photos by Ty Van Rensburg

A OneChild doctor and his team in the Dominican Republic are saving precious lives of children living in poverty.

Malnutrition. Diarrhea. Malaria.

Every five seconds, a child around the world dies from a poverty-related illness.

Dr. Breayan Pérez gives children registered in OneChild’s program excellent medical care.

Dr. Breayan Pérez, a Child Champion in the Dominican Republic, is determined to right this wrong.

In his role on staff with OneChild, Pérez travels to Hope Centers across the Dominican Republic to help give children vital medical checkups. He works with other OneChild doctors to ensure that children living in poverty receive the best medical care possible so they can lead healthy, hopeful lives.

Vulnerable children also receive vaccinations, vitamins, and deworming pills. Plus, they attend classes on healthy habits where they learn the importance of hand washing and drinking clean water.

Since malnutrition is an issue for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic and puts them at risk for getting sick more often, Pérez also closely monitors children’s weight. “In our country children don’t always get the nutrients they need,” he explains. So Pérez takes time to teach parents about nutrition.

“Sponsors are important because they provide something that these children would not be able to get by themselves.”

Pérez also ensures that when issues are discovered, sponsored children receive immediate treatment. “We had a girl who was diagnosed with a hemangioma on her tongue,” he says. “It had become so swollen that she couldn’t close her mouth. The parents didn’t have a way to treat her. We found out what she needed and purchased the medicines. Now she can close her mouth and she’s eating better. We also taught her parents how to prepare food that she could swallow.”

As Pérez works with children’s physical health, he and his team also make sure that underprivileged children are thriving in all areas of their lives. “When we talk about health at OneChild, we’re talking about holistic health,” he says. “We’re not only focused on the medical part but also children’s social, emotional, and physical development.”

Without sponsors, this wouldn’t be possible. “OneChild and sponsors are important because they provide something that these children would not be able to get by themselves,” explains Pérez. “Most of the children’s parents don’t have the money to cover medicines. The checkups that we give so children can grow healthy and grow in the best way they can — they wouldn’t get them.”

Dr. Pérez’s dream is that the children he helps will improve their lives and transform their country. “This kind of ministry is important because we are called to redeem the life of the child,” says Pérez. “That’s the reason I believe this is a very important work that OneChild is doing in the Dominican Republic. The children who are redeemed and restored by this ministry will be the ones who will restore the community and the whole country in the future — and you and I will be part of it!”

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