HEALTH: The surgery at Santiago Zamora
Health Project at Santiago Zamora Sacatepéquez
Situation: high infant mortality - particularly in rural areas - due to:
the lack of medical assistance - no access to free prescriptions - malnutrition.
Short-term goal: free medical and health assistance for the children.
Initial results: a small surgery has been set up and a paediatrician is sent to the community.
Long-term goal: building a small paediatric clinic.
We are looking for volunteer doctors and nurses!
The new project we have organised and initiated locally is a free medical-paediatric service to help over 500 children from the Mayan Caqchichel ethnic group in the Sacatepéquez region; the actual location is Santiago Zamora. The local community is very poor. People earn their livelihood by selling small textile crafts (hand-made by the women) and as farm labourers (the men's daily earnings rarely exceed EUR 2.58 for 10-12 hours of hard work!).
About 1000 people live in the small village which is usually visited ONCE a week by a doctor from the state health system. The visit lasts exactly ONE HOUR, i.e. sixty minutes! We will leave it to you to imagine how many patients can actually be treated ... However, this is not the only problem, as the doctor often prescribes medicines that must be purchased from a chemist - and the people here just don't have the money to buy them!
Infant mortality among children younger than 5 years of age is very high in Guatemala, particularly in rural areas. Over half of the 500 children who live in Santiago Zamora are less than 5 years old and we have seen many infants among them! We want to ensure that families have access to regular medical care for their most vulnerable members, the children.
We immediately began to set up a small surgery - also thanks to medical equipment generously donated in Italy - and our designated paediatrician visits Santiago Zamora every Wednesday, staying as long as she needs to treat the young patients and carrying all required medical and hygienic supplies with her. Naturally this assistance is free of charge to the families and wholly funded by our organisation.
Having ourselves seen and felt the desperate state of medical care available to the native population, Childrens Charity would like to EXTEND ITS SERVICES to further communities in the area and is therefore pursuing a particularly ambitious project:
to build and equip a small paediatric hospital and maternity service!
We have already identified suitable land for the construction and have now reached the negotiating and planning stage to determine the extent of the building work required, the time frames and the construction and operating costs involved, as well as furnishings and medical equipment required for the clinic.
FUND-RAISING for this project has already started:
EACH CONTRIBUTION WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT HELP!
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