Medical Clinics

The communities of Puerto Grande and Moropocay are in South of Honduras.  Moropocay is perched on a mountaintop far from the reach of the electrical grid.  Puerto Grande is at lower elevation, on the beautiful Golfo de Fonseco on the Pacific Coast.  KHISH's medical doctors, including Dr. Ronald David, Dr. Susan Pillsbury David and Dr. Adolfo Moreno, examine hundreds of residents of these communities on each day as they conduct a medical clinic in the village. The patients who present themselves for treatment may have walked for hours, and then wait patiently for their turn to be seen.  They give their names to our registration team members, who search our rudimentary medical records system for a chart of prior visits.  We now have over fifteen hundred charts, including a photograph of the individual.  These records provide continuity of care since 2008.

Each patient has his vital signs taken by a nurse, then is examined by a doctor who works, when needed, with an English/Spanish translator. Prescriptions from the doctors are filled immediately at a pharmacy at the rear of the building. Our goal is to provide each patient with enough medication, worm medicine and vitamins to suffice until the next clinic.  In addition to KHISH's annual medical brigades, Dr Moreno visits Puerto Grande and Moropocay quarterly with financial support from Presbyterian congregations in the US.  He has been able to provide ongoing care for chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and epilepsy.

 


Dental Clinics

The people of Moropocay and Puerto Grande are in desperate need of dental attention. Dr. Len Jensen is a faithful member of the KHISH team every year, and sponsors the participation each year of a senior dental student from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, where he is a professor.

The dental team  works under very primitive conditions in Puerto Grande and Moropocay. The only dental treatment they have been able to render to date is the extraction of badly decayed and painful teeth for both adults and children


Construction Projects

We have already completed several construction projects at the two communities. The construction team has worked on construction projects in the villages of Puerto Grande and Moropocay during our visits since 2008.The concrete block building in Puerto Grande which would eventually become the Sunday School Building was painted and lights were installed. The Iglesia Presbiteriana Verbo de Dios in Moropocay has been painted inside and out, and ceramic tile has been placed over its concrete slab floor.  The Pastora had a new porch area built onto her home, providing shelter for her open-air cookstove so that she can use it in inclement weather.  We have also painted the new Iglesia Presbiteriana Luz y Vida in Moropocay.  In 2012, our construction and beautification team was honored with the responsibility of renovating and beautifying the entrance to the Hospital San Lorenzo.


Project Vision

The World Health Organization estimates that 180 million people suffer from severe visual impairment (legally blind, by U.S.standards) worldwide.  The leading correctible cause of blindness throughout the world is cataracts, and 90% of this blindness is found in the developing world.

Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (behind only Haiti).  In the South of Honduras reside the poorest of their poor. Seventy percent of Hondurans over 50 years of age have cataracts. Most reside in the South. There are 45,000 potential cataract patients there. We are began Project Vision in 2011 with the partnership of SEE International, with two volunteer surgeons and a full support staff from the US and from elsewhere in Honduras.  Our first year saw the restoration of sight for 47 individuals.  In 2012, we are pleased to report that we doubled that number.  Our goal in 2013, with three surgeons, will be to increase further the number of residents of the South of Honduras that we will be able to serve.

Preliminary Report 2013 Sight restoration surgeries 131 +  Pilot refraction program 200+ glasses fitted and launch of the "Baby Sunglasses" initiative for cataract prevention.

   


Water Project

We have been working on a project to improve the water facilities at Moropocay and Puerto Grande, the two remote villages to which our medical, dental and construction teams have been travelling each year. The medical team repeatedly treats water borne illnesses that would not have occurred or spread if clean water were available for drinking. In addition, the women and girls in these communities, whose responsibility it is to transport water in buckets from its source to their homes are plagued by orthopedic injuries and chronic pain.  The young girls drop out of school very young because of the need to help carry water for their families.  With the help of Living Waters of the World,  we are now very close to a solution in each village.


Programs for Children

In past years we have used a VacationBible School program to occupy the children who attend the medical and dental clinics with their parents. In 2010 This program was elevated to a new level of improving reading skills.Dr. Seonhee Cho and Boo Elmore  played games and read stories to the children. Their responses to the stories and games helped the children immensely in their reading capability .Dr. Cho was at that time a professor in the Department of Foreign Language Education at Virginia Commonwealth University  in Richmond.. She designed a workbook to teach the children beginning vocabulary words in English. Dr. Cho has given us valuable information about the baseline literacy level of children in Morocopay and Puerto Grande. The development of a comprehensive literacy improvement program is a key element of KHISH activities in the future.

To learn more about the projects above, please go to http://khish.org/Project_List.htm

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