When we travel to Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, we regularly visit the local hospital to check on our students and some of our graduates who are now practicing doctors. My first visit was in 2016 and I was shocked to see the conditions (see the Jan. 2017 blog ‘My First Trip: Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas).
My next visit was just one year later in 2017. I was so happy to see that there was a whole new addition built in the front of the hospital and in general the whole place was much cleaner. A new hospital is in the works. In the meantime, they deal with crowded conditions and lack modern equipment.
Some of our Adelante Mujer doctors work in the maternity ward, so with permission from the patients, we were able to photograph them. It is very crowded. Often mothers must share a bed with another mother and baby, and on occasion with two more mothers and babies. They are required to bring their own bedding and other needed supplies. As you can see, there is no privacy.
One thing that has changed, thanks to your generosity, is that now there are more doctors to assist these women throughout their pregnancies and the birth of their babies.
Thank you, donors. You can take more than a little credit for assisting the hospital and these young women in their studies.
Every semester we have 10-15 new applicants. Our next visit was planned to be this May when once again we were scheduled to interview new students. We never accept a student unless we have the total amount needed to see them through their remaining period of study. We depend on your generosity to do this. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Rita Thomas ~ Board Member ~ May 2018
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