The Moroceli Valley, where Valle Arriba is located
Just quick update as our team is getting ready for our trip in May (just three months away!):
Besides clean water, we do a lot of work with diabetic and hypertensive patients. Last year in Valle Arriba, we saw 21 diabetics (7.1%). While the rate of dibetics in Valle Arriba is a bit lower than here in the US, it may very well be increasing (about 5% of patients in Valle Arriba had diabetes in 2016). Almost 11% (32 total) of patients in the village have high blood pressure.
These chronic illnesses are serious and play a significant role in how people live their day-to-day lives. By providing these patients with medications, we can help them go about their routine with as few interruptions as possible. Our goal is to provide between 6-12 months of medications for chronic illnesses. This means that these medications will last until another brigade is able to visit Valle Arriba. Also, we make sure each diabetic patient sees our endocrinologist and is adequately trained on how to use their glucometer.
Finally, we're going to be bringing clean water to a nearby community, so be looking for more details in our next report!
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