Although DOCARE has been leading medical outreach trips to serve the men, women and children in isolated and medically neglected areas of the world for over 50 years, it had long been a dream of the DOCARE Board members to address the great need for continuity of medical care in these isolated and impoverished communities. By partnering with local organizations, this dream is becoming a reality!
In 2011 DOCARE partnered with local non-profit, ASSADE, in San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala to support them in establishing a brick-and-mortar clinic that is open year-round. Two years later we helped JustHope International open a permanent clinic for the farming community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. In 2015 we supported Fundacion Educa Pueblo Viejo in Tecpan, Guatemala, to build their clinic and, true to form, two years later, in 2017, we partnered with New Frontiers Health Force to offer rotational opportunities to osteopathic medical students and residents at their clinic in Ngoswani, Kenya. The clinics in Guatemala serve both as hubs for our yearly short-term outreach trips and also offer rotational opportunities to osteopathic medical students and residents.
We continue to explore partnerships to provide affordable and quality health care in other medically underserved areas of the world.