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Executive Director Impressed with Clinic’s Improvements to Benefit the Poor in Rural Nicaragua


Limon 1, Nicaragua:  Juan Muñoz, Executive Director of The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, recently travelled to Nicaragua to visit the team.  The purpose of his trip was to assess the updates, supervise changes, provide leadership and support the hardworking staff.

Muñoz had a busy week but was able to accomplish much.  He and some of the staff met with local organizations to develop new partnerships.  He was able to see the building expansion that was created to make room for the Water Treatment and Distribution Project which is finally underway.  Not only did he see the irrigation system and crops growing in the new Huerto Natural, but he was able to present these new programs to the members of the community who will be benefiting from them.


While there, the clinic’s staff members took time to get away for some rest, relaxation, and fun.  They greatly enjoyed their day which consisted of food, team building games, yoga, and dancing.

Muñoz is proud of the clinic’s recent successes and encourages anyone seeking an international healthcare opportunity to check out the clinic’s Volunteer Program.

The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides health care to over 12,000 underprivileged Nicaraguans per year.  The clinic provides general and emergency medical care, dental care, ambulatory surgery, lab work, and preventative health education.  The clinic also provides volunteer opportunities for health professionals and students of all levels. Volunteering at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is the perfect way to combine benevolence with medical training.

For more information about The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit our website at www.nicaclinic.org or call Juan Muñoz at 410-777-8626.
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Integrating Dental Services in Our Community


Limon 1, Nicaragua: At the Roberto Clemente clinic in Tola, Nicaragua, it is our mission to improve the health of the 27 surrounding communities. In order to optimize the well-being of those within the Tola region of Nicaragua, the clinic has added a dentist to their team. In Nicaragua, seeing a dentist can be a costly experience and many Nicaraguans are not able to properly care for their teeth due to lack of dental education and resources. Thanks to the efforts of the Roberto Clemente Clinic, seeing a dentist is now possible.

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Since July of 2013, Dr. Barillas, a licensed dental surgeon from the University of Managua, has been providing his services to the clinic. It is Dr. Barillas’ goal to assist patients who are in poor dental health as well as resolve patient maladies; all while helping to prevent further tooth decay and other oral illnesses. Recently, Dr. Barillas took some time to tell us about some of the varied cases he works with and many of his patients experience similar dental issues. His youngest patient, a 4 years old boy, showed the presence of multiple cavities. Dr. Barillas worked with this patient to not only fill the cavities, but to show proper dental care techniques such as brushing and fluoride treatments to stop further tooth decay and cavities. Another middle-age patient presented advanced tooth decay and deformities. Dr. Barillas had to repair many of the patient’s teeth and thanks to his work, there was an 80% improvement in her dental health.

The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides healthcare to over 12,000 underprivileged Nicaraguans per year. The clinic provides general and emergency care and is always looking for ways to expand its services to better help others. Providing dental services to patients is just one of the many ways the clinic is working to protect and improve the health of thousands of Nicaraguans.  The clinic also provides volunteer opportunities for health professionals and students of all education levels and skills. Volunteering at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is a great way to provide much needed healthcare to others while gaining hands-on experience in the field. 

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Board Member From California Sees Progress of Rural Nicaraguan Clinic First-Hand


Limon 1, Nicaragua: In recent months, the newly appointed member of the Board of Directors, Barbara Jordan, MS PA-C, had a very productive visit to The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic. In addition to her medical expertise, she provided visionary leadership to the clinic.

“As a new executive board member, this was one of my most challenging trips to date” said Jordan. “Our clinic is absolutely bursting at the seams with positive changes and rapid growth."

She arrived to the hustle and bustle of 15 volunteers from San Francisco State University School of Nursing. She guided them as they gave impromptu charlas about family planning to the patients in the waiting room. She led their efforts in cleaning and organizing the entire clinic, preparing emergency packs for the ambulance, and re-writing protocols on sterilization techniques. “They were a fabulous group and I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. The head nursing student, Mary- Elizabeth and her fiancé Scott, a non- medical person were both godsends. Scott's help with the pharmacy database and software update was invaluable and Mary-Elizabeth's ideas for the clinic really moved things along,” Jordan said.



Prior to her arrival, the clinic team interviewed five applicants for the Biointensive Garden Project and had narrowed the choices down to two strong candidates. Along with Gustavo Ibarra, the Operational Manager, and Doctor Francis Guevara, the Medical Director, Jordan interviewed them a second time and created a plan for each of the applicants to spend time working with and learning from the experts at the site of the Biointensive Gardening headquarters outside of Masaya, Nicaragua.
Additionally, Jordan was pleased to witness the installation of the Water Treatment Project equipment on the last day of her visit. At the end of this trip, Jordan expressed gratitude for being able to bond with the clinic staff on a deeper level. “Each time I am able to spend time and work with this wonderful group of doctors, nurses and staff, I am in awe of what they accomplish and how many people they are able to help on a daily basis, despite the challenges of working in an area with limited resources. They are my everyday heroes.”



The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides health care to over 12,000 underprivileged Nicaraguans per year. The clinic provides general and emergency medical care, dental care, ambulatory surgery, lab work, and preventative health education. The clinic also provides volunteer opportunities for health professionals and students of all levels. Volunteering at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is the perfect way to combine benevolence with medical education.


For more information about The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit our website at www.nicaclinic.org or call Juan Muñoz at 410-777-8626.

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Pediatrician Provides Medical Care for At-Risk Children in Latin America

Limon, Nicaragua: Dr. Kori Flower, a Pediatrician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina recently donated her time and expertise to improve the health of the underserved children living in the villages of Limon I and Limon II.  The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic was pleased to partner with her.

Dr. Flower has 8 years of experience working as a General Pediatrician in an outpatient clinic.  She also has a Master’s of Public Health degree and has worked on projects in the United States, Guatemala, and Mexico to improve children's health through dental care, immunizations, nutrition, and literacy.

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Dr. Flower impressed the team in Nicaragua with her fluent Spanish and caring personality. During her visit, she performed 36 medical consultations in which parasites and upper respiratory infections were the most common ailments.  She provided healthcare exams for children in our Padrino Program for Health and Education in which at-risk children are given the means to be successful in school.  It was through these exams that she discovered some of the children needed glasses to improve their reading.  She also took on the challenge to find a specialized wheelchair for a child who has had severe cerebral palsy since birth. 

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The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic team in Nicaragua is very thankful for Dr. Flower´s expertise and support at the clinic.

The volunteer program at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is as rewarding to the volunteers as it is to the local patients. We invite anyone with interest in an international volunteer experience. We have a variety of opportunities for everyone – all areas of healthcare, business and administrative professionals, teachers, social workers, dieticians, high school and college students, and retirees.  This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

For more information, visit www.nicaclinic.org or call Juan Muñoz at 410-777-8626.

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San Francisco State University Nursing Students Join Efforts to Increase Outreach Capabilities in Poor Community


Limón, Nicaragua: The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is pleased to announce the recent visit of San Francisco State University nursing students who joined our Volunteer Program Overseas to expand our outreach program in the underprivileged community of Limon.

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They visited local public schools and taught the children proper hand washing, dental hygiene, and the importance of hair washing to prevent head lice.  To complement the training, the nursing students distributed toothpaste and toothbrushes to the children.

Local teenagers received education on sexual and reproductive health, birth control methods, and sexually transmitted diseases, which are vital because teen pregnancy in Latin America is on the rise.

Inside the clinic, the nursing students educated the Diabetic Club on proper care of diabetic wounds and the importance of nutrition and exercise.  They also assisted the Nicaraguan medical staff with taking vital signs, assessing patients, suturing, giving injections, and insertion of intravenous catheters. The program not only works for medical volunteers but also any career or professionals can join.
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A trip to Nicaragua is not complete without experiencing the beautiful culture. The SFSU students found time to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, taste the Nicaraguan food, and experience traditional dance. Volunteer Abroad is a regarding experience that cannot be compared with any other opportunity to help people.

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The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic provides health care to over 12,000 underprivileged Nicaraguans per year.  The clinic provides general and emergency medical care, dental care, ambulatory surgery, lab work, and preventative health education.  The clinic also provides volunteer opportunities for health professionals and students of all levels. Volunteering at The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic is the perfect way to combine benevolence with medical education.

For more information about The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit our website at www.nicaclinic.org or call Juan Muñoz at 410-777-8626.



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