- Dra. Wendy Perez Health Network Community of Iriona Viejo
- Dr. Luther Castillo Harry Hospital Community of Ciriboya
- Dr. Samir Centeno Health Network Community of Cocalito
- Dra. Amanimun Lacayo Health Network Community of Punta Piedra
- Dr. Jose Lino Hospital Community of Ciriboya
- Dra. Zunilda Martinez Health Network Community of San Jose de la Punta
- Dra. Melissa Oliva Health Network Community of Cusuna
- Dra. Ingrid Norales Health Network Community of Sangrelaya
- Dalia Posas Health Network Community of Sico
- Honduras C.A La Ceiba Atlantida
In 1999 after the devastating hurricane Mitch, in which more than 50% of the national infrastructure in roads, buildings and bridges were reduced to rubble and the Garifuna, indigenous and Miskito communities remained totally cut off, leaving them vulnerable. After the tempest, more optimist analysts said that we had regressed more than 50 years in our development. However this natural disaster marked a transcendental point in the history of our communities.
International solidarity was felt immediately and after 10 years some of it has remained, effectively continuing on. The Cuban cooperation, with a group of doctors ready to reach the farthest courners of the country, without second thoughts initiated their treks to our beaten Garifuna communities. This awakened a dream for many youth. That they become health professionals and they brought what seemed to be an illusion: the possibility to go study degree in the sister Republic of Cuba.
Inspired by a genuine example and with the certainty that a better future is possible, these youth drew up a new path and devised a New Model capable of changing the “not so advanced” reality of the Garifuna communities of Honduras in the area of health.
After great efforts in fundraising and socialization, this group of youth, headed by Dr. Luther Castillo, decided to construct the building that in 2007 was inaugurated as the first phase of what we now know as the First Popular Garifuna Hospital in Honduras. The hospital is medically equipped with the direct help of the Republic of Cuba whose Medical Brigades work effectively in the zone. In the hospital’s first year, it provided services for: GENERAL MEDICINE, EXTERNAL MEDICINE, INTERNAL MEDICINE, STOMATOLOGY, and PHARMACY
Today we have all the specialized basic services and we have given more than 500 thousand free consultations including medicines.
STUDENTS WORK BRIGADE
SWB Started in 1999 as an initiative of the Garifuna students in Cuba. The students were searching for a way to contribute to the improvement of health in their communities. They therefore decided to donate 15 days of our vacations to work in the Honduran Garifuna communities along side the Cuban doctors. From 2001 to date we have developed our student brigades and medical work in the communities of Santa Rosa de Aguan, Tornabé, Triunfo de la Cruz, Santa Fe, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Limón, Cusuna, Ciriboya, Iriona Viejo, San Jose de la Punta, Sangrelaya and Cocalito. We have given over 18 thousand free medical consultations with their respective medications, trained more than 200,000 youth, undertaken community projects such as the main park in Cusuna, soccer fields in Cusuna, Punta Piedra and Limón, volleyball courts in Cusuna, Punta Piedra and Limón. We attend the Garifuna in their native language, an element of great historical importance in our community, and an indispensible PATIENT-DOCTOR relationship in the health process. This year 2010 will not be the exception and we are placing the necessary human resources to cover this humanitarian work in favor of the health of our communities making available all the knowledge acquired in the course of our medical careers. We have met the goal of attending the needs of the communities of the Municipality of Iriona.