It is still dry season. Live is even more difficult. Coffe harvest is finished and everybody is back home in the villages.Our two doctors are very buisy seeing on every visit to the villages around 80 patients and as usuall are also visting the small botequines. We had the chance to buy more hygiene kits (face masks, alcohol, Soap, towels) that we distribute in our communities.
Currently working with two doctors allows us to extend our services a little more: every second Wednesday we are visiting our girls project in Barrio Sandino. The girls and their close family members have the chance to see our doctor and receive free treatment. We also started talks on important subjects like hygiene, Covid and family planning.
At the end of September 2020, Nicaragua Projekt received an exceptional donation from GlobalGiving to use for COVID protection for our patients. Our top priority was to provide a mask for every person and a hygiene kit for every family we serve. So far, we have distributed thousands of masks and hundreds of hygiene kits. We purchase double-layer, washable cloth masks in Ocotal for 50 cents each. This doesn’t sound like much money, but for our clients, if they have 50 cents, the question for them is whether to spend it on a mask for protection against COVID or rice to cook. Now Nicaragua Projekt can provide the masks. The hygiene kits we distribute consist of bars of soap for handwashing, cloth hand towels, and bottles of alcohol to use as a disinfectant and for cleaning hands when no water is available. (Most of our families do not have running water in their homes.) At each mobile clinic, our nurse gives a talk to attendees explaining the importance of wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, disinfecting items with alcohol, and social distancing. People understand. They clutch their hygiene kits as if their lives depend on them. The generous donation from GlobalGiving also enabled us to return to conducting twice-monthly mobile clinics in each of our eleven villages. This is important because if villagers can be treated locally, they can avoid the long journey via trucks and crowded busses to our clinic in Ocotal. We will be able to continue distributing masks and hygiene kits, and conducting twice-monthly mobile clinics, into the New Year.
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.
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!
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:
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