Nicaragua Medical Centers

Improving the standard of healthcare in Nicaragua, one community at a time.


The second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua, is in great need of quality, affordable healthcare. In an effort to develop sustainable solutions to the medical needs, OneWorld Health utilizes a unique strategy to increase accessibility to primary care and diagnostic services. The focus is on establishing urgent care centers in communities with limited access to those services.

Clinica El Viejo was our second long-term project, and our first in Nicaragua. Since opening its doors in January 2014, the medical center has provided care to thousands of people in the community.

Based on the success of our efforts in El Viejo, a second center was launched in the community of Sebaco in July 2015. In collaboration with NEEDTOBREATHE, a third project was opened in January 2017 in the community of Tola.

In addition to our facility based medical centers, we also operate a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). The MMU is a 40-foot RV converted to an outpatient clinic on wheels, that allows us to provide care in communities where we currently have no permanent presence.


Our vision in Nicaragua is to continue increasing accessibility to healthcare through the establishment of sustainable medical centers. Our goal is to have 12 fully operational centers by the close of 2018 while also incorporating new and innovative service delivery models.

The people we serve are not the only ones blessed. Each member of our team appreciates the opportunity we’ve had to serve and care for the people of Nicaragua.


In the short time since we opened our El Viejo medical center in Nicaragua in 2014, we have launched an additional center in Sebaco and we are excited to start serving the community of Tola later this year. To date, nearly 24,000 patients have received care through our efforts in Nicaragua.

In support of our long-term efforts, more than 500 volunteers have invested nearly 33,000 hours in training our Nicaraguan medical staff and delivery of care in North Central and Northwestern Nicaragua.

We are excited about the growth that is taking place in Nicaragua and we are inspired by the opportunity to reach more communities.


Building a fully sustainable health center in 18 months


We are revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health. In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2016), socialized healthcare systems are overcrowded, poorly equipped and underfunded. By creating sustainable medical centers that offer low-cost services, OneWorld Health is able to increase accessibility to high-quality healthcare and empower communities for a healthy tomorrow. Here’s how we do that:

Develop funding partnerships to build medical centers and subsidize operations during the startup period
Conduct localized research and feasibility analysis to assess medical needs and establish a pricing model for services
Work in collaboration with local and national health officials to maintain regulatory compliance from planning through implementation
Oversee construction and equipping of each medical center
Launch each medical center with national staff who receive ongoing training from U.S. board certified medical professionals
Patient fees for health services meet or exceed operating costs within 18 months allowing for 100% operational sustainability