Medical Mission





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Project Description

Country: Guatemala

Location: Quetzaltenango

Total Budget: $4,000

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: Medical mission with local Guatemalan non-profit organization Primeros Pasos to deliver comprehensive medical, women's health, dental and nutritional services to the rural and underserved communities of Palajunoj Valley in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

The Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego will conduct a 3 day medical mission in the rural Palajunoj Valley in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with the local non-profit organization Primeros Pasos ("First Steps") in both its primary care clinic and mobile clinics that travel to the most isolated communities. The region experiences disparities in health outcomes and healthcare access, including high rates of child malnutrition and chronic poverty. Primeros Pasos serves as the only source of reliable health care services for these communities.

With Primeros Pasos and its clinical staff, the Sweetwater San Diego Rotary club will deliver a variety of primary medical care, women's health, dental, and nutritional services to approximately 500 Maya-indigenous child and adult patients. The grant funds would cover the costs of medications, medical and dental supplies, the wage of 1 extra local physician and 2 extra local dentists, and the transportation of the Rotarians, Primeros Pasos staff, and supplies to the clinic and mobile clinics.

Some Rotarian members of the Sweetwater San Diego club attended a similar medical mission to Primeros Pasos in 2015 while 1 member was employed as the Executive Director of the organization, during which they connected with the local Guatemalan Rotary club. Some Rotarian members attending the mission are medical professionals. Remaining closely tied with the organization Primeros Pasos and the community it serves, the grant funds will be meticulously budgeted and managed to directly benefit the health care needs of the Palajunoj Valley communities.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Sweetwater San Diego

Primary Contact: Jamie Pet

Email: jamiedpet@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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Project Supporting Documents

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jamie Pet

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Jamie Pet.


by Jamie Pet

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - Marissa de Luna added to the list of signatories.


by Marissa de Luna

System Entry: Project signed by Marissa de Luna.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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