The country’s First Lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales spoke to a crowd in Uspantán, Guatemala. Patricia is the wife of newly elected Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales. She highlighted the urgent importance of medical supplies in rural Guatemala.

The new shipment arrived on April 28. The contents of the 40-foot container will be dispersed among the health service facilities of this rugged and rural part of Guatemala. The supplies will be used directly used to care for more than 65,000 people.

Patricia Marroquin de Morales, the First Lady of Guatemala, speaks about Medical Teams shipments of medical supplies

Patricia Marroquin de Morales welcomes the medical supplies

Patricia spoke about the importance of Medical Teams International’s shipment of medical supplies to the community of Uspantán. Guatemala is undergoing a health care crisis. Certainly, Señora Morales’ presence underscored both the importance of the occasion and the heartfelt appreciation Guatemalans feel for your support. 

Your prayers and generous financial support makes the desperately needed dispersal of these medical supplies possible in Guatemala.

Presently, the national health care system is unable to afford to keep rural facilities fully stocked of medical supplies. Patients are bearing the brunt of this crisis. Roughly 70 percent of the people in this community live in poverty. Nonetheless, these people of limited means are expected to bring their own medical supplies to local clinics when they seek treatment.

But, this shipment goes a long way toward easing this burden. It contained catheters, syringes, surgical packs, disposable gloves, a nebulizer, and other essential items.

Dr. Mario Petz praises the efforts of Medical Teams

Dr. Mario Petz is the director of the national Hospital of Uspantán. Additionally, he said he greatly appreciated the donation and makes good use of the equipment.

“I am extremely grateful to Medical Teams for this support provided to the National Hospital of Uspantán and centers of the municipality of Uspantán,” he said. “We are very pleased by the alliance that we have with them. The people who come to the hospital and health centers will be the direct beneficiaries of this donation.”

Health workers smiling behind the equipment donated to the health services of Uspantán, Guatemala.
Equipment donated to the health services of Uspantán, Guatemala.

These critical shipments are only made possible through the support of partners and volunteers around the world. A special thanks to Providence Health and Services for donating part of this shipment and their continued support of our programs in Guatemala. Also, from the bottom of our heart — thank you for your continued support and compassion for those in need around the world.

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