Affordable Healthcare in Guatemala

Hospital staff receiving IV Pumps

Today, Thursday, May 13, 2010, a 40 foot container full of medical humanitarian aid destined for GUATEMALA was shipped out of MedShare’s Western warehouse in San Leandro, California.  The recipient of the container is HOSPITALITO ATITLAN, located on the southern shore of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands.  The facility goes to great lengths to provide affordable healthcare and actually provides the only 24/7 emergency and surgical obstetrical care within a 2-hour radius.

According to the Hospitalito Atitlan website, “Health problems in the Atitlán area are those that usually affect people in a poverty stricken area. Childhood diseases include significant respiratory and diarrheal illnesses, as well as the chronic effects of malnutrition. Obstetrical issues are often complex, with high levels of pre-eclampsia plus other social issues that impact both mothers and babies. Diabetes, hypertension, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by open cook fires in the home are issues that affect the adult population. Trauma and substance abuse are also frequently seen.”  Please visit the website for photos, videos and facts about the hospital.

Patient getting H1N1 vaccine

The 883 items on the MedShare container weigh over 12,000 lbs total, and include a birthing bed, four electric hospital beds, an operating table, an ultrasound machine, hundreds of boxes of disposables like bandages, toothbrushes, cotton swabs, exam gloves and much more.  We sincerely hope they will help the dedicated staff of Hospitalito Atitlan in their important work caring for Guatemala’s sick and injured families.

Very big thanks go out to Cliff Feldman from World Help for shipping this container to Atitlan, Guatemala for MedShare.  Thanks also to Ken Rogers for a great job loading and packing!