Primary, preventive, and specialized care in marginalized communities
Human-centered primary and preventive healthcare
In rural Nicaragua, our partnership with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and volunteer brigadistas form the framework for providing health care in two communities in the northern highlands (3,000 pop.).
Comunidad Connect nurse, Enma Gutierrez, works in the Los Robles clinic with a doctor from MINSA and leads health training sessions with the brigadistas. This ongoing education strengthens the brigadista’s capacity to advocate and support the most vulnerable residents in their communities.
During the 1980s, Nicaraguan communities were populated by women, children, and the elderly while able-bodied males were off fighting a civil war. It was not uncommon for some particularly dedicated women to form groups of Brigadistas to care for the vulnerable people in their community during this difficult time.
Medical Consultations since 2016
of visits to clinic are women and children
The “Together For Health” program began in 2014 to serve neurological and pediatric patients in Los Robles and the neighboring community of San Esteban. The program currently provides year-round care for 20 patients and their families.
Our continuum of care includes monthly homes visits, transportation to specialists, and medicine.
Drs Ben and Karen Thrower first visited Nicaragua the Summer of 2014. They originally planned to work on community infrastructure projects but quickly realized their expertise could be of great support to residents.