Rural Healthcare

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Raised: $35,000 / $100,000
Campaign Duration: 980 Days

Riverside Clinic health services

Ak’ Tenamit provides 24-hour care in its riverside health clinic. When they are able to, medication is charged at cost +10% to create funding to purchase more but most patients are not able to afford even that. It is staffed by an experienced team of local, Q’eqchi’ health promoters and international medical volunteers. We provide treatment and care in the following areas:

  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Skin infections
  • Flu
  • Malaria
  • Pre-natal care
  • Gynecological care
  • Childbirth
  • Pediatric check-ups
  • Emergency boat ambulance

At times, patients arrive at the clinic in critical condition or complications arise during treatment. In these cases our doctors transport the patient to the nearest hospital via speedboat. Without this service it would be impossible for the patient to receive emergency care because they do not have the means to reach the hospital.
Unfortunately, the clinic often lacks funding for the gasoline needed to make the 1.5 hour boat ride to the hospital and must dock at the municipal Health Center (half-way to the hospital). Here, doctors examine the patient to determine whether hospital care is needed and if so, absorb the gasoline costs to transport the patient from the municipality to the hospital. This process wastes critical time and endangers the patient, especially those with head wounds, because s/he must be moved from boat to boat
Ak’Tenamit provides ongoing training for rural midwife and health promoters. These provide the 1st line of serving in outlying villages.
Our floating dental clinic is located on a refurbished houseboat. Staffed by a trained Q’eqchi dental technician patients are treated for emergencies and basic dental care. International volunteers who visit Ak’ Tenamit will take the boat out and dock it at other villages to provide additional care.
Creek Calix Convergence Center
With the support of Rotary International a small rural health clinic opened in early 2016 providing basic healthcare to about 2500 people from 6 communities. Staffed by Ak’Tenamit trained midwifes, they provide basic preventative and emergency care as well as pre-natal and delivery. Patients in need of more advanced care are sent to our riverside clinic.