Thursday, May 31, 2012

Timmy Brigade and Nutributter Visits

           Last week was busy for the medical clinic because a Timmy brigade from Butler University came to help out at the Pop Wuj and mobile medical clinic.  It was a group of about 25 medical students and doctors saw up to a hundred patients each day in different communities around Xela.   Monday they went with the mobile clinic to Buena Vista, Tuesday they worked in the Pop Wuj clinic (the line of patients wrapped around the corner!), Wednesday to Pujujil, Thursday to ACAM (AsociaciĆ³n Comadrona del Area Mam) in San Juan, and Friday to Xeabaj II. From what they recounted, the experience was beneficial, interesting, and educational for them.  Two weeks ago was the mobile clinic’s first visit to ACAM, which with around 25 patients was a successful first visit.

            The coordinator for the medical clinic continues to hold meetings with the NutriButter recipients. Two weeks ago we met two different groups of women from San Juan to distribute NutriButter supplies and have a discussion, and just yesterday we visited the women in Llanos del Pinal.  The discussion topic was dehydration and the importance of drinking clean water.  This coming week we will meet again with the women of San Juan to prepare a nutritious meal and discuss more about the role of nutrition in daily life.   

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