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Crisis Response: Medical Attention

In April of 2018, protests broke out in Nicaragua that resulted in over 3 months of unrest, widespread destruction of public property, and more than 300 deaths. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to respond to the crisis and provide families with support in the areas of food security, medical attention, water distribution, and income generation.

Families who live in the rural communities we serve have to travel considerable distances to receive medical attention. Going to the public health clinic means catching the first bus at 5 a.m., riding an hour and a half into the city, waiting in line for at least two hours and hoping that they are treated by a physician. Usually, there are very limited medicines at the public health clinics, and patients are handed several prescriptions that they often can’t afford to fill. During the period of unrest, many people simply did not go to the clinic because of the risks.

Our concern was that there many patients were probably not receiving medical attention in the rural communities because of this situation. We decided to respond with medical clinics in the most remote communities, to ensure that both children and adults were receiving proper care. We began clinics in late July and the response has been overwhelming. There are many people who are in desperate need of quality medical attention.

One of the patients that most impacted us is Fátima Montenegro, a four year old girl in the El Carrizo community. Fátima has suffered from a chronic skin problem for more than a year. She was treated at the health center, though her illness was not cured. During the protests, her parents were unable to get her to the public clinic. Fátima was immediately detected by our doctor and has been in treatment for a month. She has already shown great improvement, which has brought great joy to her parents. We will continue to follow up on her condition to ensure that she receives the highest quality care possible.