Nursing Heart Friends,
One of the exciting developments at Nursing Heart in Guatemala is our ability to offer more direct and on-going service to the communities that our groups are visiting. Our hoped for vision that NHI would be more present is beginning to take shape.
For example, César, our Clinical Director, and Blanqui, our Pharmacist, visited the Puesto de Salud in Ciudad Vieja to meet with Dr. Mena and Ana González, the district manager. They worked on plans for how a Club for Diabéticos and Hipertensos in San Antonio Aguas Calientes might be developed. Dr. Mena and the district chief are willing to support us. But they want us to support them with strips, glucometers, and two manual sphygmomanometers with stethoscopes. They also need to develop a way to obtain medications when they do not have any in the San Antonio Aguas Calientes Health Center. One of Nursing Heart’s principles is never to distribute chronic medications without a plan for how those medications and diagnoses will be maintained after the medical group leaves. These are Guatemalans helping Guatemalans and we are happy to be supporting this work.
In two weeks, we will be launching a general campaign to you, our members, to help us sustain these efforts. We are making a special request for individuals to become monthly donors of $20 or $40 to help efforts like the above keep moving forward. We will not be able to do these things without your help. I hope I can count on your support.