Mar 26, 2020

How We're Handling COVID-19

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We wanted to check in with you to let you know how we're doing at Clinica Verde as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Nicaragua has reported only 2 cases of COVID-19, however, testing appears to be limited. As of today, neighboring Costa Rica has reported 201 cases and Honduras has reported 52 cases.

At Clinica Verde, we've put in place protocols to protect our staff, patients and the community. We've ceased all community outreach activities and non-essential services, including optometry. Our commitment to education, prevention and early detection is critical to our role as health care providers in the community. Clinica Verde staff leadership, Yolanda Paredes-Gaitan and Rafael Morales, are doing a great job addressing issues of safety while keeping foremost in mind our mission to care for the community. We'll assess the situation daily and consider the possibility of closing services if the situation worsens to the point where we feel we can't responsibly protect our team and patients.

Like most places, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is severely limited. Clinica Verde is in communication with the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua and will coordinate our response with local authorities, keeping this limitation in mind.

In times like this, we're reminded of the heroism of our staff and the value of each patient we have the privilege of serving. We're also reminded that you – our friends and supporters – have made everything we do possible. Thank you. To us, you are also heroes of humanity.

We send our heartfelt wishes to you, your families, and all of those who strengthen the weave of life and love in this world we share. 

Con amor,

The Board of Clinica Verde
Susan Dix Lyons, Chair
Jan Nissen, RN, Vice-Chair
David Davidovic, Treasurer
Paige Preston, Secretary
Alicia Hardy, LCSW
Nikhil Bumb
Doug Wilson, MD
Majd Zayzafoon, MD
Cristiana Chamorro

+ The Awesome Team at Clinica Verde in Nicaragua

Jan 28, 2020

This is Daniel - 6 Years Ago He Was a Volunteer

Dr. Daniel Amponsah
Dr. Daniel Amponsah

Today He’s a Doctor at Mass General

One of the things that makes us most proud is to see members of the Clinica Verde family move on to accomplish good and meaningful things in their lives. Daniel Amponsah is one such person. Daniel traveled to Clinica Verde in 2013 when he was a student in our HIGHER program – a hands-on education program for students interested in global health. Today, he’s a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Our admiration goes to Daniel for his great accomplishments – and his big heart.

Where are you and what are you studying now?
I am currently an internal medicine resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

What got you interested in participating in the Clinica Verde  HIGHER program?
Missionary work has always been a passion of mine. When (HIGHER Director and CV Founding Board member) Dr. Mary Huber came to Pacific Union College (in California) to talk about traveling with a group of students, nurses and doctors to Clinica Verde, I jumped at the opportunity to join. At the time, I was becoming interested in the medical field and I believed that this would be a great experience for me to explore the field more.

What was the experience at CV like for you?
My experience was educational, fun, and eye opening. It was surprising to see how close the community seemed with the clinic. The minimum payment model and access to health care provided by Clinica Verde showed me how compassionate a business could be in order to care for those in their community. I loved rounding with the different physicians, especially with the OB/Gyn doctor.

Is there a patient or two from your time at CV that stands out to you? 
One experience I enjoyed was when we went to the villages and were able to examine the children and teach them how to use stethoscopes on each other. Another, although non-medical, is when our group went to visit an elderly group home and keep them company. Although there was a language barrier, I ended up dancing with this older lady who tried to teach me the steps to a common dance in Nicaragua.

What is your hope and plan for your career now?
My career goal after the completion of my internal medicine residency is to complete a cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship and work in an academic institution that would allow me to join mission groups for several weeks.

Congratulations, Daniel – and thanks to all of you who helped make Daniel’s experience possible by supporting our work in the world.

*Note: We have received permission from Daniel to use his full name.

Nov 1, 2019

Clinica Verde's Model Wins AIA Design Award

We are delighted to share that Clinica Verde's collaboration with Amanda Martocchio Architecture on a health clinic prototype for rural Nicaraguan communities has received an American Institute of Architects Design Award from AIA Connecticut! The project was fueled by the vision, passion and commitment of the team at Amanda Martocchio Architecture, Clinica Verde staff, and the communities we serve.

“We are thrilled that our architecture studio has received this design award for the design of the Las Lagunas puesto de salud," says architect Amanda Martocchio. "However, what makes the honor truly gratifying is that we think of it not as recognition of a product of our design so much as a recognition of the process involving many collaborators across many miles who helped to make the design a built reality. It took Las Lagunas community members sharing with us their concerns and dreams for the health post, and it took the amazing staff at Clinica Verde—Yolanda, Rafael, Mary Elizabeth, and others – working with Boaco’s Department of Construction and community members; it took the local construction team committed to 'green building,' and it took the leadership of the Board of Directors of Clinica Verde and Founder Susan Dix Lyons recognizing that design can tackle tough problems.”

We are humbled and honored.

The effort was supported by and in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Nicaragua. The project goal was to develop a replicable “puesto de salud” (health post) prototype based on local building materials and methods, with details that could be adapted to different rural sites in Nicaragua. The first implementation site was Las Lagunas, in the department of Boaco. The design team met with residents and listened to their input, which informed everything from programmatic layout to paint colors, bio-intensive community gardening, and incorporating local symbols into the design. You can see more here: Las Lagunas Puesto de Salud.

Congrats to all who contributed to this project. And a huge thanks to you, our supporters, who make everything possible.


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