Tecpán is located in the highlands of Chimaltenango, roughly 50 miles from Antigua. Like many rural communities in Guatemala, the local population includes farmers and other low-income workers. The area offers little access to low-cost healthcare, and prior to the establishment of a medical clinic, most local people relied on the intermittent visits of global health outreach brigades. Run by Fundacion, the clinic has five rooms and a laboratory, two full-time in-house doctors, a nurse, administrative staff, and is equipped with an EKG, an ultrasound machine, and laboratory equipment. DOCARE provides on-going financial support to Fundacion, and students and residents may rotate for up to a month at the clinic. Find out more about rotation opportunities.
With Fundacion Educa Pueblo Viejo (Fundacion) and other partner organizations and funders, DOCARE helped establish a permanent clinic in Tecpán 2015.