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Two Good Men

Two Good Men

Pictured above, from left to right: Jeri Royce, President & CEO, Mr. and Mrs. Young, long-time supporters of Esperanca, Dr. Bill Dolan, Bobbie Vidulich, and Dr. Harry Owens, members of the original surgical missions aboard the Esperança hospital ship in Brazil.Submitted by a long-time supporter of EsperançaMy connection to Esperança […]

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Memories of a Sweet Wait

Memories of a Sweet Wait

“My pregnancy was a problem…now it’s a sweet wait for my baby to be born.” Nicolasa is a 27-year-old pregnant woman, living in the Japan Neighborhood, a semi-urban area of ​​the city of Tarija, Bolivia. This neighborhood does not have access to a traditional health care facility, and the residents […]

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Mother’s Day 2019 – Celebrating Mamacitas

Mother’s Day 2019 – Celebrating Mamacitas

By Maria Valenzuela, Domestic Program DirectorDía de las Madres is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries every year on May 10th. Next to Christmas day, May 10th is the second most celebrated holiday by Latinos. Growing up with Mexican roots, May 10th was a day most of us prepared […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

A Step in the Right Direction

Little Jonah is two years-old, the youngest of five brothers. His mother, Valentina, is a housewife, farmer, and native Quechua speaker in their home community of Ayasana, Peru. At birth, Jonah was diagnosed with bilateral equine foot, a condition that left both of his feet twisted, mangled, and unusable. At […]

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Letters From Luke – Arlene’s Miracle

Letters From Luke – Arlene’s Miracle

By: Father Luke Tupper, aboard the hospital ship Esperança, 1974 Newsletter In 1974, 10 year-old Arlene was on her first trip to the city with her family. The small boat was slowly plying its way toward Santarem, having left Vila Curuai several hours before. Most of the passengers were quietly […]

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Spanish Language Day

Spanish Language Day

What language do you think in? What language do you dream in? Those were the most common questions Maria Valenzuela, Esperança’s Domestic Program Director, was asked growing up as a monolingual Spanish speaking kid in the 1980’s. “To my surprise I still get asked those questions,” Maria laughs. Even more […]

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

The Municipality of San Lorenzo, Bolivia, has little over 3,000 residents. Nestled between a fork in the Río Tojtiwaysho, the majority of families here are field workers, cultivating what vegetables possible in the increasingly dry soil.  Due to recent changes in the climate, agriculturalists have been forced to move away […]

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World Health Day – the Importance of Immunizations

World Health Day – the Importance of Immunizations

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th, as the founding day of the World Health Organization.  On this day, and every day in between, Esperança focuses on improving the lives of men, women, and children who fall through the cracks of modern-day healthcare. Esperança was established on […]

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Community Health Worker – More than a Noun

Community Health Worker – More than a Noun

Community Health Worker (CHW) nouna term describing public health and/or social service workers who are close to and serve members of the community by helping them to adopt healthy behaviorsHow can one sentence encompass a healthcare movement that transcends cultural, socioeconomic, and interpersonal barriers? From as far back as the […]

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World Water Day

World Water Day

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
I have frequently been asked, “what do you think is the single-most important public health issue of our day?” For a long time I struggled to answer that question without devolving into a moral argument about public health priorities. That was until I

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