Help a 12-Year-Old Leukemia Patient & Others to Receive Specialty Care!
This year, the Hospitalito’s pediatrician has diagnosed leukemia in two children. Sadly, many local families refuse to go to Guatemala City for specialty care due to cultural beliefs.
The story of 12-year-old José Elías is an exception. He was brought to the hospital in April and diagnosed with severe anemia. He was transferred to Sololá, then to Guatemala City, where his family received his cancer diagnosis. The boy and his mother leave by bus for Guatemala City at 3 am twice weekly for treatment at UNOP, the pediatric cancer hospital, where José receives inpatient chemotherapy five days each month.
José’s family participates in his treatment and is praying for his recovery. Although his prognosis is good, and he never misses an appointment, the cost of treatment is expensive. Unfortunately, the family tried to sell some of its land to cover travel costs, but the attempt failed because the property is in the mudslide zone.
José’s parents have appealed to the community for help. HA conducted a blood drive, but he still needs nine units. We have also promised to provide financial support during the boy’s treatment.
The Hospitalito hopes that José’s story will inspire other patients to transcend their fears and seek specialty care. And, that it will be able to provide monetary support for those without ability to pay.
Please help José and other patients in need. Donate today.
HA Partners with UPenn for Study of Diabetes Prevalence in Atitlán Region HA
In July, Hospitalito Atitlán collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) to perform the first study on the prevalence of diabetes in the Lake Atitlán region. Research participants received a hemoglobin A1C test and rapid glucose test, as well as interviewed to determine the level of community knowledge about the disease.
The study was managed by UPenn undergraduate Kristian Garcia, who worked with Hospitalito’s outreach nurses to perform 400 tests and interviews in seven of the towns surrounding Lake Atitlán.
The epidemiological information gleaned from this research will not only benefit the public health community, but also the Hospitalito Diabetes Outreach Program, funded by the World Diabetes Foundation. Program coordinator Victor Ramirez will incorporate the results about baseline disease knowledge into diabetes prevention, diagnosis and treatment training sessions.
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) Fellows Join the HA Team
The Hospitalito is pleased to welcome two new PiLA fellows — Emily Nuss and Emma Gorin.
Princeton in Latin America is a yearlong fellowship program for recent college graduates. Its mission is to strengthen NGOs and organizations in developing countries.
The fellows have been helping through the Hospitalito as medical translators, fundraisers, blood donors, data managers and community outreach workers. In their free time, they hope to climb many of Guatemala’s 33 volcanoes.
UPenn Fellowship Brings Internist to HA
UPenn Fellow Michael Dougherty was at the Hospitalito in July and is returning in January 2016 to volunteer for five more months.
An internist, he part of the University of Pennsylvania Global Health Fellowship in Comprehensive Care. He previously worked in underserved Hispanic communities in the US, as well as in Costa Rica, Ecuador & Mexico.
I thoroughly enjoyed my month at the Hospitalito. The collaborative
environment among physicians allows knowledge exchange in both
directions. The Hospitalito is elevating the level of health services
accessible to the people of Santiago Atitlán and nearby towns.
The opportunities created by the strengthening relationship between
Penn and HA are exciting. Can't wait to get back in the spring!
An additional fellow, Dr. Chelsea Glass, arrives this month from Savannah, GA.
Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME at Hospitalito Atitlán
Hospitalito Atitlán offers Continuing Medical Education credits for physicians who want to learn medical Spanish.
Each course is conducted over one week in beautiful Santiago Atitlán. Courses are scheduled six times through 2016.
Physicians can improve their Medical Spanish and learn more about Maya customs and culture through one-on-one Medical Spanish instruction. They will learn to perform a variety of medical tasks in Spanish, as well as learn how to better connect with patients from other cultures. This CME is perfect for people who have mastered basic Spanish communication through study and/or travel and would like to immerse themselves in the language.
Accreditation and Credit Information
The Perelman School at Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Perelman School at Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania designates this live activity for a maximum of "25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM". Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To learn more and to sign up, visit us at: www.hospitalitoatitlan.org/CME/