Uspantan Rural Health Department
Like most people in the highland villages of Uspantan, Guatemala, Juana lives with the dread of not knowing how she and her family would get to the hospital in case of an emergency. Her village is one of 84 remote communities, and vehicle access can be difficult on the rutted roads, especially in the rainy season. There are no ambulances available to transport the sick, injured or pregnant women who are having a difficult labor. Currently, those needing emergency services are often carried in stretchers over trails and rivers, by village leaders.
Angel Sajbin, the director of the Uspantan Rural Health Department, shares Juana’s concern. He and his staff are responsible for addressing the health needs of this region, but they lack the basic resources to carry out their tasks. During our 2019 site visit to Uspantan, Angel reached out to United by Friendship for help. He outlined the need for a narrow 4-wheel drive ambulance to transport patients from the villages to the hospital, an ultrasound machine to accurately diagnose issues related to pregnancy, and a motorcycle to provide vaccines and medications to villages which can only be accessed by trails.
UbF believes this is an opportunity to significantly impact access to health care. Once again, UbF is looking for partners to help make this project sustainable. If we can purchase an ambulance, the Provincial Minister of Health will provide all repairs, maintenance and fuel.
Please join us in improving health care service for these remote villages.