|The 2012 HHA Team|
Thank you to all of our friends, families, and donors for your unbelievable support. The Honduran Health Alliance 2012 team had an extremely successful trip this year, and we could not have achieved what we did without the generosity and kindness of so many.
The official count is in, and we saw 333 women in clinic and reached over 400 women with our charlas on domestic violence, nutrition, birth control, and cervical cancer. We provided 140 women with a full year's supply of oral contraceptive pills, in addition to administering numerous Depoprovera injections and inserting IUD's. We performed over 200 pap smears, and provided follow-up care for 20 women who had abnormal pap results or irregularities found on exam. And finally, nearly a third of the women seen during our clinic week were new patients who had never been served by the Honduran Health Alliance before.
The organization itself and the number of women we are accessing are growing immensely. The work we are doing in Honduras is truly making a difference. Over the past ten years, there has been a notable shift in the way these rural women are able to make decisions regarding family planning. There is now a sense of empowerment and a new-found comfort in prioritizing discussions of maternal health and women's health in general.
The opportunities for medical students, in terms of clinical training and medical Spanish, are equally impressive. Each student saw over 50 patients in one week and received an unbelievable crash course in not only patient care, pelvic exams, pap smears, and clinical presentation -- but also in methods of diagnosis (empirically and through microscopy), database entry, and pharmacology.
Please continue to follow the Honduran Health Alliance in the upcoming years. We are so excited to see how this project will continue to grow! The remaining supply inventory has been documented and stocked in-country. But next year's crew will need just as much support and generosity!