HMA Refocus in Honduras
Medical and dental teams have supported healthcare at La Buena Fe Clinic in Honduras for more than 50 years. For the first 25 of those years, La Buena Fe was very remote with few modern conveniences. In the 1990's a new road was constructed, electricity was installed, and now buses stop at the front gate several times a day.
These changes impact the services and needs of the local villagers. Around Lake Yojoa several medical clinics staffed by an MD and some dental clinics now provide health care services. In 2013 the Honduran government began assigning a doctor to La Buena Fe as a site for new medical school graduates to provide their year of mandatory community service.
Dr. Pamela Stewart who has taken health care teams to Honduras each year for many years now resides part of the year at La Buena Fe and oversees clinic operations. Various other medical practitioners also provide care, volunteering their expertise and time frequently. The USA-based LBF Foundation has been renamed the Blumenschein Clinic Foundation and accepts donations to support salaries and clinic supplies.
With these developments, HMA is refocusing on the goal of providing health care service in Honduras to remote villages that have little or no access to health care. Support has been expanded to La Boquita, a rural village in the mountains several miles from La Buena Fe. Education of USA pre-professionals and indigenous auxiliary and professional nurses is another focus of HMA. Scholarship and loan designated funds are managed by HMA.