Nursing Heart Inc/Asociación Corazón de Enfermería

July 2017 – June 2018 Summary of Activities

Nursing Heart/ACE wraps up another incredibly successful season! There were almost 4,400 patient encounters with Guatemalan residents during the various activities offered by NHI/ACE during the 2017-2018 season. Activities included School Wellness Screenings, General Acute Care Clinics, Women’s Cervical Cancer Screenings, HTN/DM Clinics, and Foot Care Clinics. In addition, more than 230 family members continue to be impacted from the installation of a safe, efficient and environmentally conscious Chapina Stove in their homes. Health and educational impacts are often difficult to measure and certainly go far beyond these direct individual encounters…and for this we Thank YOU! Thank you for your generous support of time, money and resources this year – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Twelve different groups came from the US to serve the Guatemalan people this season. The 149 individuals include:

  • 98 RN and NP students
  • 17 University Faculty
  • 34 Other professionals and volunteers

So much of our work involves relationships with strong partners. Two construction projects and 12 clinics were completed in collaboration with Hombres y Mujeres en Acción/People for Guatemala in San Martín Jilotepeque ( We found success with some new projects this year – especially with the debut of the CEU Program! We continue to explore new ways of coming together to benefit both organizations and, or course, the people in rural Guatemala.

Guatemalan Nursing Students from the Universidad Rafael Landívar worked with Nursing Heart in four of our General Acute Care Clinics near Antigua this year. Students assisted with vital signs, provided patient advocacy and language translation while earning clinical practice hours towards their nursing degree. We are looking forward to expanding this partnership in the coming season and are excited for all the potential it holds!

Here is a breakdown of our statistics for this season. For more information about our various programs and projects, or to find out how you can be more involved, please feel free to explore this website or contact us at:

School Wellness Screenings

  • Schools Visited: 12
  • Children Seen: 1,610
  • Albendazole Doses Provided: 831
  • Multi-Vitamins Provided: 562
  • Fluoride Treatments Applied: 1,548
  • Medical Referrals: 44
  • Dental Referrals: 716

General Acute Care NP Clinics:

  • Clinics Conducted: 10
  • Patients Evaluated: 1,585
  • Patients Referred: 414

Women’s Cervical Cancer Screenings:

  • Women’s Clinics Conducted: 8
  • Women Screened (IVAA): 540
  • Positive Results: 29
  • Cryotherapy Treatments Conducted (including for Ectropion): 30
  • Vaginal Infections Treated: 171
  • Women Referred: 24

Foot Care Clinics:

  • Clinics Conducted: 5
  • Patients Seen: 135

HTN/DM Clinics:

  • Conducted monthly with an average of 35 participants/month.
  • Patient encounters from March 2017 – May 2018: 526

Chapina Stove Installations:

  • Stoves Installed: 51
  • Direct family members impacted: 229

Constructions Projects:

  • Sajcap Primary School Kitchen with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance & Hombres y Mujeres en Acción.
  • Providencia School Classroom with NHI Group & Hombres y Mujeres en Acción.