Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with unemployment rates an estimated 95% and where the income average is just $2 per family per day -- a figure that is even lower in the rural area where the clinic is located. Run by JustHope, the clinic has four exam rooms, a pharmacy, and a basic laboratory, and serves a population of about 8,000 people in 1,500 households in Chacraseca, as well as the communities of Santa Emilia and La Flor. A local doctor works in the clinic three days per week and spends another two days traveling to house calls in rural communities. Two nurses complete pregnancy care, baby exams, vaccinations, and testing. A part-time dentist and community volunteers round out the staff. In total, the clinic serves approximately 40 patients a day. Students and residents may rotate for up to a month at the clinic. Find out more about rotation opportunities.
In 2013, in partnership with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and JustHope, Inc., DOCARE helped open a new clinic in Chacraseca - a 49-square mile rural farming community located east of Leon along the Pacific coast.