Hormiguero Regional Health Clinic
Bridges’ Health Program takes preventive care and health infrastructure to the people living in isolated rural communities.
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.
- 2,750 Nicaraguans annually benefit directly from Bridges medical brigades
- In 2014, Bridges built a maternity clinic that provides over 9,000 women safe and pre- and post- natal care
- Bridges provided running water, flush toilets, showers, and medical waste disposal incinerators to the Siuna regional hospital that serves 80,000 people
- Bridges has constructed and donated to the Ministry of Health 4 medical centers throughout rural Nicaragua
- Bridges educational workshops help train hundreds of medical professionals
- Bridges volunteers annually build over 60 latrines and smoke reducing stoves
- In 2017, Bridges will begin construction on a regional clinic in a remote area of Nicaragua that will service 18.000 residents with 24 hour care
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 12 years, Bridges to Community has sent volunteer healthcare professionals to this clinic to collaborate with local doctors and nurses. Volunteers see over 100 .
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.
Video: Dartmouth College Medical Brigade’s Bridges Experience
Bridges to Community brings dozens of medical students, doctors, and pre-med students down to Nicaragua each year to assist with preventive medical care, trainings, and infrastructure support in rural communities in the province of Siuna. These brigades provide much needed medical attention and medicine for thousands of Nicaraguans.
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.