Healthcare in Nebaj, Guatemala
Many vulnerable individuals who live in the city of Nebaj, Guatemala, face poverty and ill health. It was here that Doctor Juan Pablo Noriega had a vision more than 15 years ago for a hospital that would provide care for a community where over 40% of the population had no access to reliable health care services. There is a great need for reliable healthcare, especially for young children, since 16% of infants suffer from low birth weight, and 50% of all children are malnourished.
In 2015, plans were developed for a new hospital to replace the building that was becoming inadequate for the community's needs. The new facility, when complete, will cost approximately $3 million (USD) and will include 24 beds, x-ray, and ultrasound equipment, an upgraded dental clinic, an operating room, and community meeting spaces. The first floor of the hospital is now nearing completion. The next phase of construction includes purchasing an x-ray machine and other essential equipment, totaling $300,000 CDN. The most urgent need is the purchase of a generator to provide electricity for the whole building during power outages. You can help us reach the goal of $60,000 for this equipment!