Since 2017, Nested LLC has participated in multiple medical missions endearingly named Project Nido (Project Nest), with Partners of Andean Community Health (PACH). Project Nido provides free medical & dental care to the indigenous population of Ecuador. PACH provides affordable health care and surgical services to the Chimborazo Province in Ecuador. PACH has ongoing medical mission that provides high-quality, affordable medical care to local communities that have little or no access to medical, dental, and vision services.
2022 Project NIDO
In July of 2022, Nested embarked on its 4th annual medical mission to Ecuador. The trip was a huge success as Nested supported the care of almost 300 Ecuadorians in need. In addition to focusing on providing healthcare to remote indigenous populations, this year’s mission trip was particularly special because Nested also dedicated a full day of service to cater to Venezuelan* refugees living in Ecuador. Since 2020, PACH and FIBUSPAM have been working diligently to provide free and low-cost healthcare options for Venezuelan migrants in Ecuador.
The Nested mission trip consisted of consultations and acute medical care and education with specialists such as dentists, gynecologists, chiropractors, ophthalmologists, physician assistants, and ENTs. They also received free medications upon prescription, exams, and even glasses when necessary. Several received recommended treatments for more severe ailments and many booked follow-up appointments. Health educators also worked with women to identify their greatest needs in the area of women’s health and provided them with the education and products they needed to help address some of the issues they were facing. This included working to find ways to alleviate symptoms and resolve issues such as prolapsed uteri, painful menstrual cycles, and menopause. The educators provided women with free menstrual cups, pessaries, ice packs, and heating pads.
In addition to providing acute medical care, the project connected the FIBUSPAM clinic and PACH with the Venezuelan community in Ecuador. From this project, Venezuelans in Chimborazo and throughout Ecuador know about the subsidized and low-cost services provided by FIBUSPAM year-round and that the care is free from discrimination and prejudice.
Project NIDO 2022 Statistics
- 87 lbs of donated supplies carried by our # team members
- 278 patients treated, ranging in age from 2-92
- 175 toothbrushes donated
- 100 pairs of eyeglasses distributed
- 250 sanitary pads, menstrual cups, heating pads & other medical assistant aid products
Nested Team at Project NIDO 2022 in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
Nested Team at Project NIDO 2022 art projects with local & migrant children in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
*Due to severe shortages of medicines, doctors, and healthcare facilities in Venezuela, migrants typically sustain significant periods of time without access to healthcare before, during, and after migration (Human Rights Watch, 2019). Almost 30% of Venezuelan migrants in Ecuador are unable to access healthcare (UNHCR, 2021). Ecuador struggles to provide enough resources for its population, containing only 1.4 hospital beds and 2.2 physicians per thousand people. The overwhelming pressure of such a large influx of migrants on Ecuador’s National Health System has made it harder to provide Venezuelans with the care they need.
2019 Project NIDO
In April 2019, Nidhi and the Nested team participated in the Project Nido medical mission trip where they helped provide health education and medical services to indigenous communities of Ecuador’s Chimborazo Province. Working in partnership with PACH Ecuador, Nested provided a combination of medical and dental services to over 600 children and adults in a three-day time period! Project Nido 2019 was a unique trip focused on women’s health, vision care and dental health education to address the underlying causes of many of the patients’ medical complaints.
Project NIDO 2019 Statistics
- 200 lbs of donated supplies carried by our 20 team members
- 4 months to 94 years old = The age range of patients served
- 601 patients treated
- 600 toothbrushes donated
- 325 pairs of eyeglasses distributed
Nested Team at Project NIDO 2019 in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
2018 Project NIDO
In May 2018, Nidhi and the Nested team participated in the Project Nido medical mission trip where they helped provide health education and medical services to indigenous communities of Ecuador’s Chimborazo Province. Working in partnership with Trek Coalition and PACH, the Nested team provided high-quality medical care to 883 Ecuadorians in need during the five-day trip! Project Nido 2018 focused on public health issues that affect women & children, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, eye chart exams & dental health screening as well as education on various health topics, including dental hygiene, water consumption, education about female anatomy and family planning.
Project NIDO 2018 Statistics
- 883 patients treated
- 600 reading and sunglasses distributed
- 700 toothbrushes distributed
- 100s of sanitary pads & other products to help relieve menstrual cramps and discomfort
- +75 dental hygiene & water consumption education Spanish coloring books created by elementary students at Montessori of Northern Virginia
Nested Team at Project NIDO 2018 in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
Project NIDO 2018 Clinic
2017 Project NIDO
In 2017, Nidhi, with Nicole Hakenson, Grace Roman, Mario Fuentes and others, volunteered to help provide medical services to the west coast of Ecuador from the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2016. The team traveled by bus with local PACH doctors, dentists and staff and found all the buildings leveled to the ground with significant flooding and infrastructure damage. Among 70 surrounding village communities, there was one free standing, stable building that had a generator capabilities and served as a church (see photo). Prior to our arrival, leaders of those villages traveled to their communities and spread the word our visit. When the team arrived at the building, they learned that hundreds of Ecuadorians had traveled by foot or horse to seek much needed medical care.
Project NIDO 2017: Donations Shipped to Fibuspam Clinic in Chimborazo Province, Ecuador
- 20 Clipboards donated for clinicians use while seeing patients and filling out forms/information
- 10 OB/GYN Handheld Books donated and sent to general medicine doctors in Ecuador
- Funding to purchase a portable EKG machine
- 200 Urine Analysis Sticks for mobile medicine teams
- 100 Pregnancy tests — with the scarcity of pregnancy tests in Ecuador, many women do not know if they are pregnant & crucial prenatal and surgical medical care is delayed
- Albuterol inhalers & Albuterol nebulizer machine — In Ecuador, many people suffer from uncontrolled asthma & respiratory issues due to high levels of pollution & exposure to volcanic ash
Project NIDO 2017 clinic in the only stable building left standing after the 2016 7.8 magnitude earthquake
2017 Project Nido: Medical supplies donated
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