Project in Nicaragua Serves Large Patient Population

Global Links shipment to Nicaragua last week will benefit the one million patients served by Hospital Aleman Nicaragüense in Managua and surrounding areas. Founded as a tent-clinic, the hospital was built in 1985 with assistance from Germany.  This year, the 240-bed hospital requested help from Global Links to improve furnishings in their patient rooms, waiting and administrative areas, and to increase and improve storage capacity.

Global Links has been working to improve healthcare in Nicaragua since 1990, with a hiatus of a few years for political reasons. Since resuming our program in 2004, we have made 25 shipments, working with the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization. This donation will have a positive impact on the large patient population and increase dignity and comfort for years to come.

Please read more about our work in Nicaragua and make a donation in support of future projects.

Working to Improve Healthcare for Women and Babies in Nicaragua

Berta Calderón is Nicaragua’s primary referral hospital for women, with five operating rooms to handle complex deliveries in addition to gynecologic cancer treatment for the entire country. Global Links has been working with Hospital Berta Calderón for years, and two large projects completed in 2011 have enabled the hospital to improve its critical path – a project they brought to Global Links for assistance.

One major accomplishment is that, with the help of a generous donor, we have been able to upgrade most of their OR tables. Before our recent projects, surgeries were sometimes cancelled because, despite careful maintenance, the OR tables were simply too old to function properly.

Because of the number of deliveries the hospital performs – especially complicated deliveries – our most recent donation to Berta Calderón included bassinets with mattresses, among many other medical materials. Bassinets provide both a safe way to transport a fragile newborn baby around the hospital, and a safe and clean place to spend those important first days.

Bassinets such as this one from Global Links provide a safe and comfortable welcome for new arrivals at Hospital Berta Calderón.

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Building Specialized Medical Capacity in Nicaragua

Global Links’ most recent project in Nicaragua addressed some specialized needs in two large hospitals. We continue to work with Aldo Chavarría, a national referral hospital offering physical therapy to a population of over 10,000.  After our last shipment to Aldo Chavarría, we learned of a young man who received a prosthetic leg from Global Links.

Jairo received this prosthetic leg from Aldo Chavarría – and from Global Links – and regained the ability to walk.

Our latest shipment provides more specialized rehab materials such as this leg extension machine.

Physical therapy after orthopedic surgery is essential for a full recovery.

We also worked with Hospital La Mascota,  in Managua, to increase their capacity for pediatric cardiac surgery. La Mascota has focused on training more hospital personnel to perform these delicate procedures, and the supplies from Global Links will support their program and help them expand it.  The director of La Mascota, Dr. Gerardo Munguía, explained to Global Links Program Officer José Henríquez earlier this year that surgeries to resolve congenital heart defects have immediate results, and are often completely curative. The hospital’s expanded pediatric cardiology service should help them reach more cases of neonatal heart disease in Nicaragua.

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