Mayflower Medical Outreach offers help to hearing impaired patients in Quezalguaque

Mayflower Medical Outreach, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln School of Audiology and Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project in coordination with Nicaragua’s National Reconciliation and Unification Government, through the Ministry of Health in the municipality of Quezalguaque offered audiology services to several hearing impaired patients.

“It seems like such a great idea to make a connection between the University of Nebraska and Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project bringing audiology support to the families of Quezalguaque,” said Judith Chasin, Brookline-Quezalguaque Member.

Judith Chasin in clinic in Nicaragua

Judith Chasin in clinic in Nicaragua

Chasin, said that Mayflower Medical Outreach, has about 16 years of working in northern Nicaragua, providing audiology services to the families of Jinotega, Matagalpa and Esteli. A clinic will be established in the Leon community within the next year.

Patients were examined by specialists in order to assess whether or not they warrant the use of hearing devices therefore making it available to them.

Matriarch Petrona Martinez, said it is great that the government and other agencies assist families this way, since purchasing these devices themselves is a financial struggle.

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Boy being fitted with hearing aid.

“I feel good that the government and other agencies, are lending us a hand, because with what little money we earn is never enough to afford these devices and I want my son to benefit from all this.”

This event is primarily intended for people diagnosed as critical case, but will also be assisting those not integrated into this program.

Milagro Baldelomar, County Delegate to the Ministry of Health, said Todos Con Voz (Everyone With a Voice) program is designed to assist people who have hearing problems but also would be assisting those who are not part of this government program.

“In coordination with the Ministry of Health, the Mayflower agency, the University of Nebraska and the strong relationship that the county has with Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project, we are making this two-day audiology journey Todos Con Voz (Everyone With a Voice) possible for everyone, regardless whether they are part of the program or not.”

This great health project is thanks to partnerships created by the government for the welfare and tranquility of Nicaraguan families.

The story was originally published by Multi Noticias, Nicaragua. 

http://www.canal4.com.ni/index.php/multinoticias/15031-brigada-audiol%C3%B3gica-mayflower-atiende-a-personas-con-problemas-auditivos-en-quezalguaque.html

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Summer Team in Quezalguaque

Pictured L to R: Front row: Beleny Reese, Carol Piñeiro Back row: Chelsea Jensen, Sam Clark, Paige Pajarillo, Kea van der Ziel & Natasha Vivieros

Pictured L to R:
Front row: Beleny Reese, Carol Piñeiro
Back row: Chelsea Jensen, Sam Clark, Paige Pajarillo, Kea van der Ziel & Natasha Vivieros

Carol Piñeiro and Kea van der Ziel arrived in Quezalguaque with the students on Saturday, May 14th.   The student under Carol Piñeiro’s oversight will be working in the library, English language classes and possibly in the computer classes. Dr. van der Zeil’s public health students will be looking at the issue of underweight children and administering a survey to approx. 80-100 families identified by the health system as being at-risk.

Kea and Carol were in Quezalguaque for the week. The students will be there until the end of June.

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Rotary Presents Check for $19,893 to Sister City

At the March 31st Brookline Rotary Dancing with the Stars celebration the Rotary, presented a check for $19,893 to Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project.  The check reflected the money that Sister City and its “star” dancer John Dempsey raised.   John and the committee chaired by Jean Stringham did a great job recruiting sponsors for John and Sister City.

L to R: Dr. Gloria Rudisch, Marina Brodskaya, Richard Segan, Chobee Hoy, John Dempsey, Jean Stringham, John Grew & Elias Audy.

L to R: Dr. Gloria Rudisch, Marina Brodskaya, Richard Segan, Chobee Hoy, John Dempsey, Jean Stringham, John Grew & Elias Audy.

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Third Computer Classroom Opens

computerclassThere was a ceremony for the opening of the third Sister City supported computer classroom last month when Sister City Board members Lois Statlender and Richard Segan were in  Quezalguaque. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, all three high schools in Quezalguaque now have computer classrooms.   Although not all high school students can use the classrooms because of the large number of students and limited number of computers,  they  believe that these first computer classrooms in the public schools have been an important step forward.

Quezalguaque is  a community where very few students have access to  computers and  we hoped that these first computer classrooms would not only be used to learn basic computer skills but would be also be used to introduce the power of the internet.  It was therefore very exciting to see that the computer classrooms were already being booked by non-computer teachers for use by their classes.  We observed, for example, students in a  biology class using the computer classroom for research.

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Summer Public Health Project/Childhood Malnutrition

As an outgrowth of concerns about malnutrition raised by health officials in Quezalguaque, we began preliminary planning with local health officials and  with UNAN medical school in nearby Leon on a project to look at problems of malnutrition and of underweight children.  We now have preliminary agreement on a proposal to have Boston based graduate students in public health team with medical students from UNAN.

Sister City Board and Medical Committee members Drs. Peter Moyer and Kea van der Ziel will be leading a team of graduate students in public health to Quezalguaque in May.

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