Many Guatemalans are faced with limited access to health care. 46% of the population lives in poverty and 23% live in extreme poverty. There is an average of 10 doctors for every 10,000 inhabitants, falling far short of the recommended 25 by the World Health Care Organization. Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro is the only answer to health care for many Guatemalans.
The health and residential care programs serve Guatemalans from all twenty-two departments of the country. 80% of patients are from rural areas and 90% of all patients live at or below the poverty line. One-third of patients are indigenous; mostly women of reproductive age. In the last three years, Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro has provided surgical services to more than 19,000 people and treated thousands in its outpatient, prevention and specialty clinics.
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro brings hope and healing to children and adults through its outpatient clinics, prevention programs and surgical center. Hundreds of Guatemalans in need of medical attention pass through the doors of Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro each day.
More than 250 people call Obras ‘home’, residing in one of the residential care homes. Many others access specialized community programs in various parts of the country. Children, adolescents and adults with special needs live and receive specialized care at Virgen de Socorro, outside of Antigua. Older adults with nowhere to live find shelter, love and medical attention at San Juan Bautista, and San Antonio de Padua provides intensive nutritional recovery care for malnourished infants.