It began with “pins and needles” … a prickly feeling in his arms. Then his legs began cramping — not just when he exerted himself, but even when he was resting. Diogracio had no idea what was happening in his body. He had worked hard his whole life as a
The Importance of Getting Vaccinated
By Diana Soto, RN
Esperança’s main focus is in the prevention of disease. We work hard to develop programs that help communities prevent diseases – programs such as vaccination campaigns reduce the spread of infectious diseases, allowing communities to be healthy and thrive.
There are several factors that still prevail in Nicaragua which make it difficult to provide comprehensive care to the low-income population: geographic inaccessibility, absence of nearby health posts, lack of trained professionals, lack of medical supplies and necessary medicines, and a belief rooted in the communities that prevents seeking conventional
By Reeder Enrique Lanzas, DDS
“My name is Reeder Enrique Lanzas. I was born in Leon, Nicaragua and at age of six moved to the capital, Jinotega. Growing up, my family was always dedicated to service. My mom is a dentist and my dad is a nurse, serving as the Surgical
In the Fall of 2017, Esperanca’s Domestic Program Director was invited to speak on a panel at the 4th Human Resources for Health Forum in Dublin, presented by the World Health Organization. Maria shared the story of her journey from poverty to the Director of a world-recognized program through her passion
Edith Josefina Mansilla was born in Potosí (Bolivia) on November 20, 1996 and is 21 years old. She is studying in the 4th year of her public accounting career. She currently lives in the San Bernando neighborhood of the city of Tarija. Edith lives with her parents, is the oldest
By Maria Valenzuela, Phoenix Program Director
“In 1979, my mother brought me to this country, chasing the American dream.
We settled into a disadvantaged community in Arizona. My mother was young and determined to make a better living for herself and her 6-year-old daughter. We lived in a trailer. I
A Commencement Address by Diana Soto
So, what does it mean to be a nurse?
This is the question that I have been asking myself lately. I have often wondered to myself after all this training if I really know what it means to be a nurse. This thought
Your support is saving the lives of Bolivian women from uterine cancer Marta lives in San Salvador, Bolivia. She has four adult children who are the most important treasures in her life and is a seamstress, making clothing from home. Marta has heard stories of women who have died from
A piece from Esperanҫa’s CEO, Jeri Royce
A recent NPR article entitled “Advice to Parachuting Docs: Think Before You Jump Into Poor Countries” talks about using caution when providing medical support in less developed and poor countries. Typical mistakes made by the “Parachuting Doc” include performing surgeries in areas where