needtobreathe medical CENTER
Due to the incredible generosity of our fans and the great work of the OneWorld Health team in Nicaragua, our dream of providing quality, affordable healthcare to the beautiful people of Tola is now a reality. The best and the brightest in the country have been interviewed and staff have been hired to serve in this newly constructed medical center. We are excited that the NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center is weeks away from opening the doors and we cannot wait to be a part of the Grand Opening Celebration on January 21st, 2017!
The People of Tola
Maria Elana Busto
She is a mother who lives in Tola, Nicaragua. She is excited about a medical center coming to Tola because she will finally have a place where she can take her children when they are sick. This past year, she has had several family and friends fall ill with Chikungunya. It's a common occurrence, yet the community lacks an accessible, affordable medical center that can address this and other common diseases like hypertension, diabetes and arthritis.
A Clear Need
Over 50% of Tola’s area is considered to have high levels of extreme poverty, with many people earning less than $2-3 per day. In Tola, the one small public health clinic has no imaging services, no laboratory services, a limited pharmacy, and no medical specialists. There are very few private medical services available, with nearly no private doctors, few dental services, only one private laboratory, and just a handful of pharmacies. These limited services mean that anything but the most basic cases get referred to the crowded regional hospital in Rivas, which can be several hours away from many parts of Tola’s rural areas depending on transportation availability.
By The Numbers
OneWorld Health is a non-profit based in Charleston, SC that is revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health. In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2013), socialized healthcare systems are overcrowded, poorly equipped, and underfunded. OWH is bridging the gap between ineffective, socialized care and unaffordable, private care. By creating sustainable medical centers that offer low-cost services, OWH is able to increase accessibility to high-quality healthcare and empower communities for a healthy tomorrow.