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National Grateful Patient Day 

National Grateful Patient Day 

Submitted by: Adriana Farquharson, International Program Coordinator National Grateful Patient Day on September 7 provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the hard-working professionals in the medical industry and gratitude toward the families and caregivers of anyone receiving life-giving medical care. It also honors the plight of many patients who are grateful to […]

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The Importance of Reducing Medical Supply Waste

The Importance of Reducing Medical Supply Waste

Did you know that 15% of medical waste is hazardous in some way? This means that 15% of medical waste is toxic, radioactive, infectious or harmful to humans or the environment. Consider that all countries around the world create 0.2-0.5 kg of medical waste per hospital bed per day, there is […]

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A Brigade of HOPE

A Brigade of HOPE

The Oskiwas Community in Nicaragua was one of the hardest hit by the civil war in the 1980s. As a result, Oskiwas is one of the poorest communities in its municipality and poverty has taken a huge toll on the health and wellbeing of the people.Working through local partners, Esperança’s […]

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Cataract Awareness Month: Progress in Peru

Cataract Awareness Month: Progress in Peru

Submitted by Anna Ortiz, International Program Director June marks Cataract Awareness Month in the United States, but many may wonder why it exists in the first place. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., with an estimated 25 million Americans aged 40 and older suffering from […]

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Her life was hanging by a thread…

Her life was hanging by a thread…

Her life was hanging by a thread. Literally.Modesta, a 56-year-old widow and mother of 5, lives in an impoverished region of Nicaragua. She cannot read or write. Since her husband’s death 3 years ago, she has struggled to keep herself and her children fed. She tries to gather corn and […]

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National Doctor’s Day & How to Celebrate

National Doctor’s Day & How to Celebrate

Now more than ever, our world is looking to the strength and guidance of its physicians. Frontline health workers have been stretched thin and risk their own lives daily to ensure our communities are being vaccinated safely. Esperança has relied on the generosity of physicians for the past 51 years, […]

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Chronic Disease is No Match for a Mother’s Love

Chronic Disease is No Match for a Mother’s Love

The power of a mother’s love is enough to overcome any obstacle, but sometimes they need a little help. Valentina always knew her son Luis was special. He didn’t grow as fast as her other kids and never learned to speak. He needed help eating and walking, but she loved […]

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Abner Went 15 Days Without His Epilepsy Medication – But No More!

Abner Went 15 Days Without His Epilepsy Medication – But No More!

At the age of 15 Abner was diagnosed with a weakened heart muscle and epilepsy. Doctors prescribed him 7 different medications to be taken daily to reduce his seizures and improve his quality of life.Unfortunately, in rural Nicaragua these medications are hard to come by and even harder to pay […]

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Surgical Team Says “Goodbye” to 20 Years of Pain

Surgical Team Says “Goodbye” to 20 Years of Pain

20 years ago, when Francisca was elated with joy after having her first and only child, she had no idea the suffering that would ensue. From that moment on, she experienced abnormal bleeding and lower abdominal pain. Eventually, Francesca was unable to perform any of her household duties for the […]

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