GLOBAL HEALTH INFLUENCERS BLOG

Te Amo Nicaragua | Meet Dr. Hernandez

July 19, 2018

Of all the services that OneWorld Health provides at our Nicaraguan medical facilities, ultrasounds make up more than 30%. Patients rely on us for affordable, dependable diagnostic services that they can’t easily get from government or other private providers.

But when Nicaragua’s current political crisis unfolded in April, those services were at risk. You see, our excellent Sonographer and General Practitioner, Dr. Emmanuel Hernandez, lives 45 minutes away in Leon with his wife and brand-new baby. In normal times, he can easily commute back and forth, but with multiple protestor roadblocks between Leon and El Viejo and scarce public transport options, it has become a challenge for Dr. Hernandez just to get to work. These days, it’s not unusual for him to take a bus part of the way, a taxi for another part and then hop on a motorbike if the roadblocks aren’t allowing cars to pass through.

Dr. Hernandez and many of our other staff continue to show deep, inspiring commitment to the core values of OneWorld Health, serving others admirably under the stress this difficult time presents. For our part, we are committed to help our staff continue to overcome these challenges, so they can safely continue their important service to our patients.

We continue to pray for peace and stability in Nicaragua, and we ask you to join us in prayer and support for our important mission to provide quality, affordable healthcare to those in need.

Te Amo Nicaragua | Meet Doña Rosa

Doña Rosa lives a few blocks from our OneWorld Health medical center in Tola. At 68, she lives alone with her three rescue dogs, earning a tiny income selling homemade banana vinegar from her porch. However, her primary income comes from her children who work in the tourism industry, like many people in the Tola area. They generously give their mother what they can to help her along.

Today, we’ve become more concerned about patients like Rosa. The current crisis in Nicaragua has nearly destroyed the tourism industry, leaving the many families who depend on it vulnerable. For that reason, our already affordable healthcare prices have been further lowered at our Tola facility to ensure that price isn’t a barrier to high quality health care. In the coming months, we know our services and staff will become even more important to the local community, and dropping prices is just one way we can show that we care and value our communities’ health above all else.

We invite you to join us in prayer, encouragement and financial support.

Photo by Lawton Miles for OneWorld Health

Te Amo Nicaragua | Meet Yessica

Yessica was worried. She was pretty far along in her pregnancy, and everything had gone well, up to this point. But recently, uncharacteristic violence in the neighborhood related to Nicaragua’s current civil and political unrest have put stress on Yessica and her family. One morning she woke up with a headache and nausea, and while trying to do chores around the house she fainted and fell. Her first concern was the baby, but diagnostic services like ultrasounds are sometimes hard to access at her local public clinic, so her family loaded her up into a tricycle taxi and brought her to our new OneWorld Health Jinotega medical center to get a thorough check-up.

After an ultrasound, it was clear that the baby was just fine, but Yessica was diagnosed with pregnancy-induced hypertension, which is dangerous if left untreated.  Today, after being prescribed a simple, low-cost medication, Yessica is doing just fine. She comes in every week for a free blood pressure check and a quick chat with our staff. She’s just a few more weeks away from giving birth to a little baby boy, and we can’t want for her to bring him in for us all to ooh and aah over.

If you’d like to provide support and prayer to people like Yessica in Nicaragua, please click here.

Photo by Kristine Wager for OneWorld Health

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