Private Clinic in Nicaragua

About five years ago, an old friend in the States rallied contacts and colleagues in and around the small town of Limon on the south Pacific coast of Nicaragua to plan for the launch of what she named the Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Health Clinic.

Before the clinic, this rural region of the country had no formal medical facilities. The more than 10,000 people living in the area had to travel two-plus hours over dirt roads for even basic care.

Julia’s response to the obvious need was a call to action. “We should build a clinic,” she said. And, over the past five years, indeed, that’s what she’s done. The 1,140-square-foot primary care and triage facility Julia has championed is staffed and supported 100% by donations. It’s a worthwhile grass-roots cause. Take a look: