What We Do

PARENT MISSION ORGANIZATION:  The clinic operates under the Amish Mennonite Aid mission organization.

STAFFING: Currently the clinic is staffed by a US-trained Family Physician, 2 North American nurses, a North American counselor, and 6 Salvadoran lay persons who function in various roles under immediate supervision of trained staff.   The physician is accredited both in the United States and in El Salvador and the clinic is fully accredited in El Salvador.

TARGET POPULATION AND SERVICES PROVIDED The clinic serves a large population in a rural area east of Santa Ana and attempts to offer on-going medical care to patients from this vast population. The clinic targets persons from surrounding areas who have no or limited access to health care resources. Patients who come from areas more distant to the clinic are attended as the schedule permits.

The clinic offers general out-patient family medicine, including acute and chronic care, pregnancy testing and prenatal care, pediatrics, basic laboratory evaluation, general mental health services, an in-house pharmacy and health education. It has traditionally offered emergency care and has emphasized education and self-care for the patients. Patients are also offered literature at a subsidized price and have the opportunity to buy foods required by their diet at the clinic such as fat-free milk, sugar substitutes, sugar-free drinks, and occasionally fresh fruits. The clinic has attempted to coordinate care with existing government facilities, referring patients to public clinics for immunizations and radiologic diagnosis and to area hospitals for hospitalization and childbirth.

MAJOR DISEASES: While malnutrition and tropical parasites are becoming less common due to improved nutrition and hygiene, patients continue suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and other psychological diseases as a result of the country’s long history of violence, war, and poverty. Chronic diseases are becoming increasingly common–diabetes and obesity are the most common diseases; asthma, allergies, and high blood pressure are also common.

The chronicity of these diseases provide a particular challenge to rural Salvadorans, who, averaging a daily income of $5.00, are unable to afford the ongoing cost of obtaining medications they will need the rest of their lives.

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The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed... Luke 4:17