Nursing Heart Friends,
This week we had the pleasure of hosting the second Nurse Practitioner group from Florida Atlantic University accompanied by Dr. Rhonda Goodman and Dr. Nancy Harris.
Our first stop was the town of Caserío Los Magueyes in San Martín Jilotepeque, where we held both general and women’s clinics over 2 days. We gave 138 patient consults in the general clinic and 41 women were seen in the women’s clinic. This clinic was an example of just how important partnerships and collaborations are as the communities’ leaders worked together to organize the space for us to use and make sure all of the people had access.
After a well-earned rest day on Wednesday we hopped back on the bus and went out to our second community for the week; San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Nursing Heart and Dr. Rhonda Goodman have a long history working with this community and its Mayor Dr. Maynor Lopez. The community is focused not only on the health of the people but also the health of the environment. They have completely abolished the use of plastic bags in the town and the Mayor provided each family with a reusable calico bag to help support them on this new journey to a better world. The bag reads “Saving our planet for our future generations”
Isn’t this an impressive initiative!
Over the two clinic days, Doctor Carlos Dionicio, a Guatemalan Public Health Doctor worked with us while we gave 210 general consults in total. We saw 61 women in the women’s clinic and performed 8 Cryotherapy treatments (removal of pre-cancerous cells).
I want to share a quote by Dra. Patricia Castro de Baiza our wonderful gynecologist (in partnership with Faith in Practice): “This was our most successful women’s’ clinic, treating a total of 8 women. We may not have had big numbers, but the women whom presented were the women who really needed our help.”
This is why Nursing Heart Inc continues the work it does in these communities in partnerships with local NGOs and universities in the USA. Thanks to each and every one of you. This is a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without you or our wonderful donors. If you would like to support a medical clinic and/or provide lifesaving medical treatment to a family who cannot afford it, please consider becoming one of our monthly donors or make a one-off donation here. We welcome you to the Nursing Heart Family.
Executive Director, Designate