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Saving Sight/Roatán



Project Objectives

Clinica Esperanza provides low-cost/no cost medical care to the people of Roatan, Honduras. At the medical clinic and hospital, people can receive services from the walk-in medical clinic, women's health center, pediatrics, birthing center, dental clinic including a laboratory and pharmacy. The clinic also provides outreach clinics, community health education programs, and school health screenings for vision and oral health.

The Clinic is currently located in Sandy Bay and all people are welcome. The Clinic treats approximately 80-100 patients in a typical day usually about 65% adults and 35% children. It operates five days per week, starting at 7:30am until 6:00pm. More than 3,500 patients consider the Clinic to be their primary medical care provider. Thus far, more than 50,000 patients have been treated in the Clinic.

Due to the limited number of medical facilities available, patients have come from all over the island and the mainland to seek treatment or medications The Clinic provides a needed service to people who would otherwise likely not seek treatment due to costs and the crowded condition of the local public hospital.

Saving Sight - Roatan has a significant population with the diagnosis of Glaucoma.

Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve. Usually the damage is from increased pressure in the eye. The damage to the eye is irreversible and glaucoma can lead to blindness. The most common form, open-angle glaucoma, generally appears in middle age and seems to have a genetic component. In this type of glaucoma, vision loss occurs very gradually. One of the leading causes of blindness on the Island is Glaucoma. Our hope is to reduce the blindness by earlier detection of the disease. Clinica Esperanza recently acquired a 'Tonopen', a device that will measure the intraocular pressure in the eye.

Project Opportunities

The team would participate in a screening program where university student volunteers that are interested in a career in medicine go into the communities to perform vision screenings and test for glaucoma using the 'Tonopen'. All patients with increased intraocular pressure would be instructed to have further care with Clinica Esperanza, a local ophthalmologist or other healthcare facility. A card would be given to the patient with their name, date and the intraocular pressure readings for both eyes. Results of all patients would be kept on a computer spreadsheet to determine the amount of glaucoma and continue with annual visits to the communities to record pressure readings to assess the results or the visits and patients on medications as a result of the testing.

Specific Project Activities:

* Screening for and data collection for glaucoma and vision screening in the schools grade 3 and up in multiple communities surrounding the clinic
* Compilation of screening and referral database and tracking program
* Volunteer work in the community close to the clinic working with children as tutors, helping with English or homework, playing sports with the children at either SOL Foundation or the Sandy Bay Lighthouse Orphanage

Project Application Process

Students must fill out and submit a project application, CV and recent transcript to Ms. Lysa MacKeen by November 3, 2014. Students may apply to no more than two project opportunities and a separate application must be completed for each SRT project option. The scheduled interviews for this project location will take place during the week of November 17.

Students selected for participation in the SRT program will also need to complete the application through volunteer@clinicaesperanza.org.

Any questions regarding the application, interview dates or general project information should be directed to Lysa MacKeen.

Project Selection Criteria


Spanish preferred

Area of Interest

The ideal student volunteer would be someone interested in a career in health promotion, a working knowledge of Spanish and have traveled outside the U.S. previously.

Project Application Deadline


Project Placements Available


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