Case study: Outreach team in Guarjila

“Patients don’t have to go to the city to see the doctor. They can have their problems treated here.” Dr Dagoberto Menjívar, El Salvador

During the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s, the community of Guarjila fled to refugee camps in Honduras. When they returned home, there were no accessible health care services, so the villages decided to set up a clinic to provide essential healthcare CAFOD helped train some of the young women - who had returned as refugees - as community health workers.  

Today, CAFOD helps to keep the clinic strong in the community through valuable outreach work such as health education, nutritional advice and preparation of simple basic remedies and use of medicinal plants.  

Nurse Marlene, one of the original community health workers says, "The clinic could not have lasted so many years without the support of CAFOD. Thank you on behalf of all the community.  We wouldn't have got to where we are today without you".



Medical outreach team

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