Patient health care services improved with the addition of medical instruments such as otoscopes and digital thermometers. New mattresses, bedding, tables, and furniture were installed. Communications and internet improvements and new office equipment increased administrative organization and efficiency.
A True Public and Private Partnership
The extensive restoration and revitalization project was backed by a strong public sector and private foundation participation and investment.
Direction and oversight for the project were provided by the District health care committee. Government financing provides for the cost of on-going operations, with funding for such essentials as physicians and staff, the stocking of basic medical supplies, and the purchase of new beds as well as the responsibility for on-going security.
Critical support from worldwide service foundations includes significant funding investments by La Asociación De Ayuda a La Familia (ADAF), and Comite Nacional de Socorro y Asistencias (CNAS), while specialty medicines are being provided through Americares.
Work on the reconstruction phase was completed in June 2018.
Rededication and Renewal
In June 2018, completion of the reconstruction was celebrated with an official rededication and ribbon cutting. The Foundation was praised for its “great contribution to the community” by the district health committee, clinic doctors and staff, and civic and community leaders. The newspaper, La Informacion, reported that the renovation and repair work and continuing improvements in medical operations is extending health services to the most vulnerable people in the population. Dr. Austria de la Rosa, Regional Director of North-Central Regional Health Service, praised the Foundation for the improvements as well as the Foundation’s desire to continue to support the clinic’s medical staff and on-going operations.
The Foundation invested $32,000 into the clinic — of which 80% funded major infrastructure improvements and the purchase and installation of upgraded medical equipment. The remainder financed the initial restocking of medical supplies, medicines, bandages, and vaccinations.
The impact of the completed public/private partnership effort was immediate: In just the first three months of operation since the dedication in June 2018, more than 5,000 patients — 2,500 children and 2,500 adults — received a host of health care services, including critical vaccinations, at the Juan Lopez polyclinic.
While the investment to date has delivered a dramatic return in terms of improved health services for the people of Juan Lopez Arriba, still more needs to be done — and the work continues.
Meet the Professionals
Meet the tireless and dedicated members of the Comité Nacional de Socorro y Asistencia Social (CNSA) who work daily to protect the lives and well-being of the residents of the Juan Lopez Arriba district with quality health care and services.