Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro Reaches Halfway Point of Raising $100,000 for High-Tech Gastroenterology Care Center
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro has always been mindful of the needs of the Guatemalan people and endeavors to respond to the needs that they bring when they come seeking help from their suffering and pain. In the early years, the Obras concentrated on giving a home to the abandoned adults and children they encountered, and in later years, building clinics and opening the doors to volunteers from around the world who brought supplies and equipment, helped build operating rooms and accomplished surgeries. More recently the Obras has turned to preventative medicine in the hope of preventing disease before it becomes debilitating and ruins lives.
Because of the very high occurrence rates of digestive disorders such as intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, gastric ulcer, and gastric cancer, the Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro is pursuing the development of a state-of-the-art gastroenterology care and endoscopy facility. Important components of this project are education, prevention and early detection.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the hospital staff, volunteer gastroenterologists from the US, Canada, and Spain, the mission program Faith in Practice, Hermano Pedro Social Works Foundation USA, and individual donors, great strides are being made and more still needs to be accomplished.
A fundraising goal of $100,000 has been set to renovate, equip and support the planned expanded overhead need for the clinic. We are pleased to report that we have already reached the halfway mark in the campaign.
In addition, the hospital recently received a spectacular contribution from the Olympus Corporations of the Americas and Americares Medical Outreach. New, state-of-art endoscopy equipment and support supplies have been delivered to replace the equipment that has been in place for more than 20 years.
With this latest equipment donation and the construction of an endoscopy procedure suite and clinic suitable for caring for a much larger number of patients, the Obras will be able to hire a full time Guatemalan staff to operate the clinic and invite additional volunteer specialists from around the world to participate.
When the endoscopy facility is complete, the Guatemalan public, Obras patients and the medical community will benefit in the following ways:
- The hospital staff will pursue preventive endoscopy programs for at-risk but healthy citizens in order to reduce the occurrence of life-threatening diseases including esophageal, gastric, and colon cancers. Educational programs for the public will be a part of this campaign.
- The hospital will sponsor gastroenterological training programs for Guatemalan health professionals and medical students.
- Referrals to the hospital will increase because of the new equipment and latest technology being employed.
- Precancerous lesions will be treated before they develop in to cancer.
- Cancers will be diagnosed early and treated in a timely manner.
- The hospital will recruit additional Guatemalan specialists to work full time and visiting specialists to augment the staff increasing the number of patients that are attended.
During 2020, the Foundation USA will be requesting donations to meet the financial goal and bring about the successful development of the new Gastroenterology Care Center. Tax deductible contributions can be made through the Foundation website: www.hermanopedrofoundationusa.org
You can designate that your donation be used for this project by clicking on Gastroenterology Clinic Campaign
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, volunteer gastroenterologists from around the world visit the hospital to provide advanced endoscopy services free of charge to many Guatemalan citizens.