Global Health Volunteer: Las Delicias, El Salvador


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Clinica Las DeliciasLas Delicias, La Libertad SV

About

Our clinic serves Las Delicias, a small, rural community located outside El Salvador's capital of San Salvador. Most families here live in houses made of wood panels or aluminum and have limited or no access to reliable, potable water. Unemployment and underemployment plague the community, as many of the area's coffee and subsistence farmers have gone out of business in recent years. As the community's socioeconomic situation has declined, general health and medical availability has declined as well. Most medical facilities are unaffordable to the families of Las Delicias. Before FIMRC opened its clinic, the nearest accessible medical care was too far away to reach without walking for almost a day.

Today, common illnesses afflicting the community are gastroenteritis, influenza, malaria, measles, pneumonia, and bronchitis, caused or complicated by malnutrition, bad sanitation, and poor housing. Children are particularly vulnerable to health related issues caused by poverty including diarrhea, head lice, malnutrition, and bronchial infections.

Volunteers will typically spend half their time at the clinic site, working with the clinic doctor and staff to see patients. The other half of volunteers' time will be spent planning and presenting health education lessons and seminars, as well as performing house calls throughout the community. Volunteers also have the unique opportunity to aid FIMRC in collecting basic health statistics and surveying families in the community to develop assessments of healthcare needs.

We host volunteers traveling in groups as well as individually. Volunteers are welcome to travel for a week, a month, or more!

Skills

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

N/A

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