Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

Vitals

Location: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Size: 40 square miles
Population: 293,817
Language: Spanish, Guarani

Mission

To increase the visibility of the Regional Hospital of Ciudad del Este through patient care, medical staff training, and community outreach.

Date: September 2016


The Team

Project C.U.R.E.

Members: 1 Cardiologist, 1 Internist/Pediatrician, 2 Registered Nurses, 1 Non-medical.

Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. distributes high-quality medical supplies and provides medical care to resource-limited communities worldwide via its medical professional volunteers.


The Work

Project C.U.R.E.'s nurses trained four local OBGYNs in cervical cancer screening and cryotherapy treatments while the team's cardiologist taught two local doctors how to read an echocardiograph. The team from Project C.U.R.E. was then able to provide care for over 600 patients in four days thanks to the support of the local Paraguayan doctors who worked alongside the team. A community health workshop was also taught to 75 children at the Guarani Indigenous Reservation Moises Bertoni where Project C.U.R.E. distributed 75 Kits for Kids bags containing 18 items for home health and hygiene. 


The Experience

This was the first Project C.U.R.E. clinic that provided cervical cancer screening, treatment, and education. While the methodology is simple and the tools used are affordable, and accessible, 1,000 Paraguayans are diagnosed every year with stage 3 and 4 cervical cancer- with most dying. With this in mind, the team was especially pleased that the OBGYNs they trained were excited to carry on the work after the team left. 

Project C.U.R.E was also immensely grateful for the support of the twenty Paraguayan volunteers who handled the registration, translation, and crowd control of the clinic. Without them, the team wouldn't have been able to see as many patients as they did. Seeing the volunteers motivated and empowered to improve healthcare in their community had a profound effect on the team. 

During the closing ceremony, there were many tears shed by the Project C.U.R.E. clinic team and the Paraguayan volunteers. By working together, they accomplished four full successful days of work and established meaningful relationships.

Photos provided by Project C.U.R.E