Disappointingly, last Tuesday's plans to hold a mobile clinic in Xeabaj fell through—rain was so heavy that we couldn't drive there safely. But our Timmy Global Health Brigade volunteers made the best of the setback. After learning more about Guatemala in the morning's cultural competency training, the group headed out to Fuentes Georginas to relax in the beautiful hot springs.
Then on Wednesday, to make up for lost time, we took the mobile clinic to Pujujil.
|Every mobile clinic begins in the Pop Wuj clinic in Xela, where Timmy volunteers double-check all the equipment and medicine for the day before carrying it out to the minibuses. (Photo by Elizabeth Barnes)|
|Ashley Aue, Medical Programs Coordinator for Timmy, passes a bin up to one of our drivers. About a dozen bags and bins were strapped to the roofs of our minibuses for the journey. (Photo by Elizabeth Barnes)|
|Pujujil is a village in the department of Sololá, east of our home base in the department of Quetzaltenango. (Photo by Albizael Del Valle)|
|Timmy staff, volunteers, and translators gather first thing in the morning for introductions. Kaqchikel translators wore duct tape name tags to make them easy to recognize. (Photo by Albizael Del Valle)|
|To the left, from front to back, are the vitals station, lab station, and registration desk where patients first check in. To the right is the pharmacy and education station with a large waiting area behind it. (Photo by Albizael Del Valle)|
|Lab station personnel check the results of a patient's urine sample. Doctors referred patients to the Pop Wuj clinic in Xela for more complex tests. (Photo by Elizabeth Barnes)|
|Nurses measure patients' weight, height, and blood pressure and take their basic medical histories and reason for visiting at the vitals station. (Photo by Elizabeth Barnes)|
|Doctors and their translators brought patients back here for their examinations. (Photo by Albizael Del Valle)|
|The pharmacy team sets up the huge bins of medicine brought from the United States. (Photo by Elizabeth Barnes)|