Chacraseca Clinic Project

Baby Lizbeth was just 8 days old when the scorpion stung her. Normally, a scorpion sting hurts and can cause dizziness, numbness, and nausea. But Lizbeth was so small and so young that the sting site immediately swelled up and her heart started racing. Her little body was covered in sweat and she started having difficulty breathing. Fortunately for Lizbeth, the clinic was open and her mom made the 20-minute walk in half the normal time.

Dr. Daisy responded immediately, starting an IV in her tiny arm and positioning her in a way that helped her breath. After offering the emergency treatment, Dr. Daisy arranged for the community pickup to take Lizbeth to the Léon Hospital. She recovered nicely. Because there was a clinic, a doctor, medications, and a community “ambulance” available, little Lizbeth is fine. Without it, she may not have survived.

The average income in Chacraseca, Nicaragua is $1 per day per family and without the small clinic supported by JustHope, access to affordable health care would be impossible for most of the community.

About the Clinic

The community medical clinic was founded in 1998 and in addition to smaller satellite clinics, serves the vast majority of the population of Chacraseca. The clinic is supported by JustHope and another nonprofit. It is managed by MINSA (Ministry of Health) and ACOPADES members.

The clinic physicians: Dr. Claudia Chevez and Dr. Reina Somarriba

JustHope supports some of the most urgent and important needs of the Clinic, including donations of medicines to help supplement any shortfalls in inventory that MINSA provides. Government funded medical professionals work in the clinic, with two general doctors, four nurses and a statistician treating between 30-50 patients a day from 7am-12pm. One dentist attends approximately 20 patients per day.

JustHope facilitates and oversees the placement of approximately ten medical residents in the clinic each year from the US (through our partnership with DOCare). They spend between two and four weeks residing in Chacraseca, shadowing local doctors, and attending to patients. JustHope provides translators where needed. JustHope-sponsored medical brigades work in cooperation with the clinic and its staff to address unmet needs of Nicaraguans in the Leon area.

ACOPADES is in charge of cleaning the outside and inside the clinic, managing the community pharmacy and maintaining the clinic's physical structure. In 2017, JustHope in conjunction with FNE, ACOPADES, and the Church of New Canaan, remodeled the clinic and repaired some structural damage to improve the safety and quality.

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