Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua

by Clinica Verde
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Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
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Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua
Healthcare for Pregnant Women in Nicaragua

Covid-19 has made 2020 quite a challenge for our remarkable team, with 2 recent hurricanes further testing the people of Nicaragua and our resilience.

After suffering the ravages of Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota within a period of 2 weeks in Nicaragua, the light of the sun's rays helped us see clearly the damage that the storms have left behind – damaged roads and bridges, entire communities of the Caribbean coast disappeared, landslides in the mountains in the center of the country, floods in southern Nicaragua, missing families, rivers flooding, and areas without electricity and communications. 60,000 people were evacuated – a complete disaster at the national level.

Today the one thing that makes me feel better after experiencing the challenges of the year and these extreme conditions is to see how people continue to show up at Clinica Verde to receive care. They rise and they continue the fight for a daily routine, day by day, and we at Clinica Verde were ready to help our patients, one by one. As the general manager of Clinica Verde, I am so proud of the resilience shown by our entire team, ready to help the population we serve. This week and next, in partnership with the American Nicaraguan Foundation, we are delivering food and supplies to rural families who are struggling with food insecurity and other needs. This is the work we are called to do, and we are grateful we can serve.

I hope and trust that with you, our friends and supporters, we can further influence the recovery and stabilization of our community in Nicaragua. Blessings to you and your loved ones during this season of renewal.

Thank you for helping us improve lives.

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Educating Patients like Lucia at Clinica Verde
Educating Patients like Lucia at Clinica Verde

We're Here for You, Lucia

Every day, Lucia receives a phone call asking her how she's feeling. The calls are made by the medical and nursing team of Clínica Verde in an effort to take care of patients who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Lucia lives in a small rural village, where treatments for Covid-19 are more difficult to find, in a country that is already short of supplies to prevent and treat the disease.

Lucía was first identified as a possible Covid-19 patient at Clinica Verde after several laboratory tests and a chest X-ray revealed atypical pneumonia. Since then, each morning she receives a call on her mobile phone to find out how her condition is evolving and her response to treatment. As part of the follow-up, the entire family receives medical attention and educational talks about prevention and care.

"I have felt improvement with medicine and I feel very grateful for all the attention that the clinic nurses have given me," said Lucia. "My family had many doubts about this disease, but their questions were answered  through the talks that the Clinica Verde nurses give us daily.

"In all the health centers that I have attended, no one has ever cared so much about me and my family,"  Lucía said. 

The Clinica Verde team is so grateful to be able to serve Lucia and her family.

Maria Gives Us Heart and Courage

María José Rojas is someone who reminds us that there's always a way to help others. The only thing required is the desire to serve – and personal will.

Two years ago, while she was still a psychology student, Maria came to Clínica Verde to offer her services free of charge. She wanted to help those who did not have enough money to pay for mental health support. It was during the rise of the social crisis that escalated in Nicaragua in 2018, and Maria knew that people were suffering.

"This young woman worked hard to pay for her own studies and is always willing to collaborate and give her hand to those who need it," said María Elizabeth Flores, who runs the nutrition program at Clínica Verde.
"With courage, we can do it together," the young woman often says to her co-workers, who see in her an example of the struggle that many young people in Nicaragua must face to fulfill their dreams of becoming a professional.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, Nicaragua has the highest teen suicide rate in Latin America. Mental health is increasingly recognized as integral to good public health, but continues to lack resources and a global strategy. We are proud to be able to provide vital mental and emotional health services to our rural patients.

Planning a Healthy Pregnancy

Lisseth González came to Clínica Verde in search of help to start a family. She and her partner had tried for several years to conceive a baby, without any success.
In 2018, after two years of medical support, the young couple had one hope and their first disappointment: a pregnancy that ended two weeks later due to complications with the mother, whom Clínica Verde accompanied at each stage of this difficult process.
It wasn’t until 2020 that González would see her dream materialize. With the constant monitoring of our gynecologist the young mother was able to conceive – and is waiting to meet her son for the first time.
Punctual check-ups, ultrasounds, prenatal controls, and vitamins have been provided to the enthusiastic González, who has become part of the Clínica Verde family and whose baby the whole team hopes to meet soon.
A healthy pregnancy depends on support, nutrition, and regular check-ups. Clinica Verde is so proud to provide these services to rural moms like Lisseth.

Maria Jose Rojas and Lisseth Gonzalez have given us permission to use their names.

Thank you for helping us improve lives – and stay well.

Maria Jose Rojas
Maria Jose Rojas
Lisseth Gonzalez
Lisseth Gonzalez
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Dr. Huete
Dr. Huete

In Nicaragua, the government continues to deny the magnitude of the pandemic, informing public health care facilities not to use PPE. They consider that personal protection such as masks may promote fear in the population during a time when they want to communicate that everything is “normal.”

Clinica Verde has always been a place of quality and good health services for the poor. Now more than ever, Clinica Verde continues to be that special place for our users.

It’s people like Dr. Huete who make Clinica Verde so special.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Huete has asserted that her mission in life is to provide health care to those who need it, and now more than ever her mission is needed. Dr. Huete has a genuine concern for seniors and patients with chronic disease who are afraid of the risk of Covid-19 knowing that they are especially vulnerable. She has kept a backup cache of medication to provide complete treatment to patients who cannot afford it.

Dr. Huete is also concerned with taking care of each member of the CV team, giving advice, training, and correcting their use of PPE. She provides the team with a first look at their illnesses. She also has helped to develop and practice the COVID guide created for Clinica Verde, an essential step during the pandemic.

Each possible COVID-19 case has been served by Dr. Huete with the compassion and professionalism that are central to her character. It is a blessing for our patients who feel orphaned by the Nicaraguan health system.

Dr. Huete’s attitude during the pandemic has been one of exemplary leadership. She is a strong person with determination, wise, and compassionate not only with her patients but also with her workmates.

As executive director of CV, I thank Dr. Huete for this extraordinary service provided in the time of the pandemic.

Thank YOU for helping us improve lives – and stay well.


As always, we have the permission to include names of any subjects included in our stories.

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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

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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.

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