AMN Healthcare volunteers partnered with The International Esperanza Project on the annual medical and community development mission to the highlands of Guatemala provided the impoverished indigenous population with integrated healthcare including critical surgeries, along with the installation of safety stoves and water purification systems in homes.
The medical mission is led by a core group of volunteer physicians, nurses, and technicians sponsored by AMN; Team Hope performs more than a hundred surgeries and a thousand clinic visits a year.
At the same time, other Team Hope volunteers fan out into the highlands and villages to install safety stoves, which vent toxic smoke out of homes while using only a fraction of the wood consumed in indoor open fires that are commonly used for cooking. The stoves help reduce respiratory, eye and other diseases caused by toxic smoke, and hernias and musculoskeletal injuries caused by carrying large loads of wood. Teams also install water purification systems that help reduce gastrointestinal illnesses.
So far, the six AMN missions to Guatemala have directly helped more than 18,000 people, which also bring benefits to families and communities.