This spring Nested will be launching our first official medical mission in Ecuador, endearingly called Project Nido-Project Nest . We will be partnering with the Ecuadorian organization FIBUSPAM, which has a central clinic located in the Chimborazo region of Ecuador, but also reaches needs throughout the country with mobile clinics.
Help Fund our Project Nido – GOFUNDME
Our overall goal will be to bring the highest quality of medical care to the people and communities with consistent need and limited access to care providers. We especially want to help the 63% of the indigenous population in this region that lives in extreme poverty.
We will specifically focus on women’s health and aim to provide cervical cancer screening, family planning services, and specifically focus on women’s health and hygiene counseling. The scope of Project Nido is UTI prevention, hygiene issues and menstrual irregularities. The target audience is women and hope to treat a total of 700 patients over a five day period.
In Ecuador, women’s health issues are often taboo. Many women give birth at home, and don’t have regular access to gynecological care, including family planning services. By focusing on women’s health we will not only empower women to take
control of their personal well-being but also serve as a catalyst for Ecuadorian families to live healthier more productive lives.
Additionally, we aim to build capacity within local staff to scale up their current VIA cervical cancer program and help them better address the specific needs of women’s healthcare locally. We also aim create an environment where patients are enabled to advocate for themselves both within the healthcare and family settings.
This trip will take place from April 28th – May 6th 2018 and funding is needed for practitioner participation, materials and supplies, pharmaceuticals and related costs.
Support Project Nido by purchasing a Project Nido Bracelet.
All proceeds go to Project Nido. This is a unique, handcrafted bracelet that reflects the unique Ecuadorian ecosystem. Each bracelet is composed of earthly elements- 24 carat gold, moss, flowers and resin. Be a part of something special that can help us with providing necessary supplies and medical care to families in need.
1. Funds for portable EKG machine (donated by our June and July 2017 classes.
- Clipboards (20)– This little item has made a big difference to the FIBUSPAM team when they were seeing patients. Clinicians were able to keep track of patients, record vital information and track patient flow during make-shift clinics. Thankfully, all of the information, prescriptions and follow up care was facilitated by the April 2017 class donation of clipboards.
- OB/GYN Handheld Books (10)– Pocket sized books were sent oversees to general medicine Ecuadorian doctors to become more familiar with routine obstetrical and gynelogical health concerns. Thank you Family Cord for your assistance in this donation at the May, 2017!
- Urine Analysis Sticks (200). Using mobile medical devices such as urine analysis sticks would greatly improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of women in need. Simple mobile urine analysis sticks allow for providers to easily diagnose and treat urinary tract infections while serving patients in remote areas that lack the access to medical care. Thank you to Reiter Hill Johnson and Nevin for your assistance in this donation.
- Pregnancy test (100)- With the scarcity of pregnancy tests in Ecuador, many women do not know if they are pregnant and crucial medical care is delayed- this including prenatal care and surgeries. With these simple urine pregnancy tests medical professionals can provide prenatal vitamins and a referral for prenatal care at nearby hospitals. Thank you Reiter Hill Johnson and Nevin for helping us procure this donation.
- Albuterol inhalers and Albuterol nebulizer machine. In Ecuador many people suffer from uncontrolled asthma and respiratory issues due to high levels of pollution and exposure to volcanic ash. Simple interventions like the use of a nebulizer or albuterol inhalers can change or save a life.
- With the help of a client of our childbirth education class we secured an enormous dental equipment donation that was shipped over to the Fibuspam Clinic in the Chimborazo Province in Ecuador. This tremendous donation will equip the Fibuspam dentists with the ability to open a new mobile dental clinic when they travel to obscure villages to help those in need.