Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012 Program Update

It has been a looooong while since we have posted, but we have been busy:

Targeted Infant Nutrition (for children with cleft lip/palate):  
In 2012 We are expanding the number of infants served, and exploring alternatives to formula--help expressing milk, breast pumps, preparing local foods--and we are training local Midwives in these new methods.  

Challenge Campaign:
The collective challenge we have given ourselves in 2012 is to reach more kids with cleft lip/palate within two days of their birth. The campaign will be rolling out in the next month or two.

Cervical Cancer Prevention:
We have screened 200 women already this year, and continue to train Guatemalan Ministry of Health nurses to detect and treat cervical cancer in its precancerous stages.  We are honored to have been asked to present at a Cervical Cancer Conference in Guatemala this June.

Surgical Missions:
For the first time, in 2012 we will be prepositioning surgical supplies for the use of US, and Guatemalan, volunteer doctors.  Securing and storing supplies is expensive, but more doctors will be able to volunteer as a result.

Patient records:
We have developed a system for quick retrieval of patient records.  It was challenging when so many languages (English, Spanish, Mayan). We will be able to share records with local clinics.

Mobile Medical Missions:
We have already had three missions to remote areas in 2012, and helped 500+ people. 

Thank you, all volunteers!

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