Medical Centers Constructed
The Bridges to Community health program focuses in the municipality of Siuna, an autonomous region on the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Due to natural disasters, distance from the capital and lack of access to resources and infrastructure, the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua is the poorest part of the country. In Siuna, we coordinate with Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health (MINSA) and community health promoters to bring health projects and health brigades to the community epicenter of Hormiguero.
Participating on a service trip with Bridges to Community allows students and professionals to expand the scope of their field beyond the realm of their home nation and begin to enter the global arena. For non-students or professionals, this service trip will facilitate you becoming a true global citizen. You will work together with Nicaraguan health promoters, community leaders and Bridges community development staff in our sustainable initiatives to improve health on the individual, family and community level in Nicaragua.
If your organization is interested in sending a group to serve in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic, please contact us today. Public Health and Medical clinic trips open to the public may be viewed here.
Our projects range from workshops to the construction of health facilities and potable water systems. Our hygienic latrines and high-efficiency indoor stoves improve sanitation and reduce chronic illnesses. Our volunteers provide medical and dental care, with the goal of ensuring the health and well-being of all ages and providing sustainable management of water and sanitation to the in need.
Hormiguero Clinic – Bridges to Community has been asked by residents of the RAAN department of Nicaragua and the Ministry of Health to improve health care services by building a new clinic, which will provide consistent access to medical care. This clinic, on which we expect to begin construction this coming year, will be the model for regional rural clinics in Nicaragua. It follows plans that the Pan-American Health Organization has been advocating for Nicaragua to implement to properly coordinate and provide health care to 51 hard-to-reach rural communities with a total population of approximately 18,000 residents. This new clinic will:
- Operate 24 hours per day and refuse no one, providing consistent access to care that will generate long-term health benefits and create a model for the region’s health program.
- Offer critically-needed medical services, including: preventative treatments, care for women and children, immunizations, medication and mosquito-borne illness information.
Bridges to Community to build regional medical clinic in Hormiguero.
In the RAAN region in remote northeastern Nicaragua, most people are indigenous farmers living on about $1 per day. Currently, people walk up to 10 hours to reach a two-room medical outpost in the rural town of Hormiguero. For 15 years, Bridges to Community has sent volunteer healthcare professionals to this clinic to collaborate with local doctors and nurses. Volunteers see on average over 50 patients per day .
New Medical Brigade Part of Bridges Long Term Health Program Goals
This November five medical professionals led by Dr. Michael Lahn, an emergency physician at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, will be participating in a medical brigade in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community. The group will provide care and engage in cross-cultural exchange in rural communities where Bridges to Community works, and contributes to Bridges’ goals to expand its health program.
Marietta College Volunteer Reflects on Bridges Trip
On the evening of New Year’s Day 2016, I was sitting in my room in McCoy Hall feeling palpably both uneasy and excited, already unpacked for a semester which was not to start for another 10 days. In a few hours, I would be departing for Nicaragua with six other students for the Office of Civic Engagement’s (OCE) annual International Alternative Winter Break trip.
Bridges to Community Maternity House Exceeds Expectations
The idea for the Siuna Maternity House came unexpectedly during a community meeting in Hormiguero to discuss a proposed health center. “As we were talking about the health center, the focus shifted to a maternity house, and in the diagnostic study that we conducted, it was mentioned by almost everyone in the community.”
Furnishings to be Donated to Maternity Center!
Masaya – Bridges Nicaragua Country Director Kenia Ramirez has announced a wonderful donation from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health that will help us stock and furnish our Maternity House in Siuna! “Bridges will complete construction of the Maternity Clinic by July 10th and is excited to see its great impact on the people of Siuna. Thanks to the Ministry of Health, the clinic’s effect will be amplified and accelerated,” stated Director Kenia Ramirez.