Cape CARES was founded on the principle of continuity; providing medical and dental care year after year, serving the needs of long-term health care in rural Honduran communities. It all started with the realization by our founders that there was a huge gap in follow up care from the medical and dental mission trips to the global south. Since 1988, Cape CARES has treated families and communities for three generations, making us one of the oldest NGO's in Honduras!
Access to health and dental care has always been limited in Honduras. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and overburdened hospitals, access became nearly impossible for the past two years. For those living in the rural areas that our clinic serves, long travel distances for care and very limited financial abilities to pay for the travel, patient visits, and medications, are just some of the barriers faced when trying to access health and dental care.
For most of Cape CARES patients, our brigades are their only access to healthcare for the year, making our presence more important than ever. Our medical is a family practice, following patients over many years and treating for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, as well as screening and referral for more serious conditions. Our dental clinics use the same model, and are now able to provide fillings, dental cleanings, and fluoride treatments.
Cape CARES has worked to form sustainable long-term partnerships with community leaders to address overall health of the dry corridor in Honduras; for example, consulting on a water filter project, helping to provide women with prenatal vitamins, and holding community needs assessments and health educational sessions. We strive to create positive and sustainable changes in the lives of our patients, their families, and their communities.