Barbara-Clinic Medical Outreach Project (BMOP)
The purpose of this initiative is to start a medical outreach program by sending short term medical volunteers (surgeons, physicians, nurses and technicians) to Barbara Clinic and other affiliated clinics managed by UFM’s (Universidad Francisco Marroquin) Program of Rural Practice with focus on:
1) Treat patients with most urgent surgical needs
2) Build capacity by training nurses and other permanent staff
3) Build capacity of the clinic by providing necessary equipment and medicines
This project is currently under planning and research stages. On February 4th through February 7th, Humanity First Team ventured out to Guatemala to begin its initial work. The following is a quick rundown of what they were able to accomplish.
The team started out by visiting local hospitals run by USA NGO volunteer staff and identified critical needs. The team was able to determine a dire need for a post anesthesia care unit (PACU). The team met with governmental officials and the first lady to discuss future partnerships.
The team visited Centro Barbara Hospital, a hospital in Guatemala City, consisting of 20 beds, a shelter for patients family stay, housing for the health care staff. The team evaluated the hospitals needs for supplies and equipment.
Dr. Manuel Diez Caberera, Director of Barbara Clinic (Centro De Salud Barbara) and Chairman for rural health program in University of Framsicu Marqui (UFM), met with team to discuss clinics priority needs as follows:
1) Eye Surgeons
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