The mobile medical clinic donated by the International Medical Outreach Program (IMO), a collaboration between Carolinas HealthCare System and Heineman Medical Outreach, Inc. was inaugurated a little over a year ago. The mobile unit is stationed and managed by the Coen Foundation’s William Montealegre Clinic in Chinandega. It is used to provide a range of primary care and specialty medical services, and health education for children.
Initially, the mobile clinic served approximately 400 patients per month. This year, there were 626 consultation in February and 760 in March. Comparing the average of the first quarter of 2016 with the average of 2017, the number of consultations has increased by 29%. No question that the efficiency and impact of the mobile unit continues to increase.
Through the consultations provided by the mobile clinic in 2016, healthcare providers were able to identify the need to attend to children who were significantly underweight. Thanks to the support of the Association of Friends of the Coen Foundation based in Italy, a child nutrition project will serve 50 children under 5 years old in communities where the mobile clinic visits. This program is going to last throughout 2017.
This year, even more exciting news is that the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA) has graciously agreed to support the laboratory testing of pap smears for woman, at no charge, through the mobile clinic. This is also being extended to cervical cancer testing as well.
Once again, we extend our deepest appreciation to the Bissell Family Foundation for its support to help refurbish and put the mobile clinic in action.