The Nicaraguan government denies the existence of COVID19 in Nicaragua. In March and April 2020, the government organized mass rallies and celebrations. Many Nicaraguans have died of "atypical pneumonia" since the COVID19 pandemic has swept the rest of the world. In the eleven villages our health care project serves, our health care providers have been emphasizing the importance of frequent hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks. However, most of our clients are not wearing masks because they cannot afford to buy them. During our September mobile clinic visits to each of the villages, we will begin distributing washable double-layer fabric masks to our clients. So far, we have purchased 1,000 face masks at 50 cents each. But to provide all of our clients with face masks will require new donations of several thouand dollars.
May 11, 2020
By Katrin Hennings - chairmen
I am so happy! In March I could visit Ocotal!
We are very lucky to have a wonderful coordinator and Dulce did a great job!
Now I could meet our new doctor, Luis and drive to all our villages, check the botequines with him, talk to the brigadistas and examine patients together with Luis. Dr. Evertz had helped us choosing him and he trained him for some weeks so that without any interruption our work continued. Luis is seriously involved, very skillfull and even performing small surgeries in our Ocotal clinic.
Towards the end of my visit suddenly, within days the Corona pandemia grew rapidly. Oficially there were only very few Corona cases in Managua - up to today...but we decided to teach the local community how to protect themselves with very simply hygenic actions. Our team started to produce face masks and we distributed them together with soap and some desinfectant to our brigadistas.
We also decided that we will not be able to continue with our teaching weekends in Ocotal, cancelled them and intensified the teaching during the doctors visit.
Our botequines, the visits in the villages and our clinic in Ocotal continue as usuall! And are needed even more in this difficult times!
Feb 11, 2020
By Katrin Hennings - Chairman
Nicaragua-Projekt is working well inspite of the difficult situation in the country and inspite of many recent changes.
I have to let you know the sad news that my husband Reinhart Bein, who founded Nicaragua-Projekt together with me 14 years ago, passed away on November 20th. For 15 years this work was very important to the two of us. Therefore we will continue our efforts and continue with our projects.
I have asked at Reinharts memorial for donations instead of flowers, knowing that he wanted that.
We had to elect a new second chairman for our NGO and choose Martina Morich who is involved in the project from the first day.
As of January Dr. Tercero stopped working for us and we are thankful for hs support and the wonderful job he did. He was replaced by Dr. Luis Flores after he had trained him for several weeks. I will visit Ocotal in March and join Dr. Flores during his visit of the villags Dr. Flores seeing patients during the clinic: