The Farm-to-Clinic Ometepe initiative is a one-of-a-kind grassroots initiative that will simultaneously bring huge benefits to both community and environment. Project Bona Fide (PBF) will produce up to 50% of herbal medicines, otherwise imported from outside the country, for the Natural Doctors International (NDI) clinic that provides free integrative health care on the remote island of Ometepe, Nicaragua.
When NDI first came to Nicaragua in 2005, they saw a great need for improved quality and access to health care in a country where 55% of the population has no access to basic medicines. The NDI clinic provides communities on Ometepe with free medical care from naturopathic physicians. NDI strives for sustainability in their approach, but high-quality natural medicines can currently only be imported from out-of-country, which is expensive and does not support the local economy or environment.
As a sustainable and ecologically minded solution, PBF and NDI have partnered to provide the clinic with the natural medicines necessary for their work. PBF will supply the clinic with medicinal herbs grown in an organic, sustainable manner on the very island that both projects call home. Local specialists will be trained to manage the garden and processing station, and the clinic will be able to serve more patients while strengthening its commitment to the local economy and environment.
The Farm-to-Clinic Ometepe initiative will supply 50% of the NDI clinic's herbal medicines from a local, organic source on the island. This will reduce the clinic's reliance on medicines sent from abroad, and it will allow the clinic to better serve the 2,500+ patients it treats every year using natural medicines grown and produced within the local environment and economy.
NDI Integrative Health Clinic - Ometepe, Nicaragua
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Project Bona Fide - Ometepe, Nicaragua
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