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  • At this year's anniversario, our staff joined the festivities donning costumes and performing! The anniversario was celebrated in October this year due to the return of Dr. Hou for the first time in 3 years after being affected by a health condition. She was enthusiastically welcomed back.
  • Our volunteer works with a local girl who takes a dose of albendazole for empiric treatment against parasites. We treat empirically due to the high prevalence of parasites in the communities surrounding the clinic given the water supply. The routine antiparasitation helps ensure nutrition and growth among the children of the communites
  • Selena is a local student who volunteers at the clinic as a nurses assistant. She takes vital signs, helps with EKGs and takes intake for patients when they come in. Our past volunteers have went on to medical school, they've written a children's book, and they remain an invaluable contribution to our team at the clinic.
  • Students hold up their new toothbrushes. The clinic goes out to local schools to teach about oral hygiene and show appropriate tooth brushing techniques. Given the diet, lack of fluoride infused water in the countryside where the clinic is located, dental health is an important topic the clinic tackles in addition to providing regular dental care.
  • Centro Medico Humberto Parra is a community medical clinic located in the rain forest in eastern Bolivia, 72 miles outside of Santa Cruz, the largest city in the country. Our goal is to improve the health and overall quality of life of the surrounding communities by providing first-rate medical care and other health services. It is the only free medical clinic in the surrounding 40,000 person area.
  • The Daniels Hamant Foundation of River Forest, IL, run by Mark Molitch and Susan Hou, funds and helps manage Centro Medico. The Daniels Hamant Foundation relies exclusively on private donations, and the Centro Medico Humberto Parra is heavily dependent on volunteer physicians and healthcare workers from the US and Bolivia.
  • Our Volunteers are the heart and sole of the clinic. Since 2001, we've had numerous medical students, residents, attending physicians, and general do-gooders come down to help us provide care to those in need. They have developed the countless programs that we use to provide care and are the energy that keeps us growing and improving.
  • Patients are excited to receive their new reading glasses.
  • Mumi is always there to make the new volunteers feel welcome. Here she is making some delicious empanadas to welcome Dr. Clarke and his family
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  • Buy Tickets to Earn Money for CMHP

    The Daniels Hamant Foundation and Centro Medico Humberto Parra has teamed with tix4cause.com, a website that sells tickets to sporting events concert and other entertainment.  Earn money for the clinic when you buy tickets to the Chicago Symphony, Blue Man Group, Steppenwolf, Cirque Shanghai, the House of Blues and many more!  Also, stay tuned as they are helping us to organize a Chicago White Sox outing this summer.

    Through Tix4Cause, you can:

    - Donate Tickets to Tix4Cause in our name and then when they are sold, we earn 90% of the proceeds!
    - Purchase Tickets through Tix4Cause to ANY event listed and we earn 7.5%

    Check it out! When you select a Charity look for Daniels Hamant Foundation- Centro Medico Humberto Parra

  • 3D Printing at the Clinic

    3DCastFormer Coordinator and current blog writer Michael Molitch-Hou featured the clinic and the potetntial applications for 3D Printing at the Clinic:

    "Since I ran my family’s medical clinic, Centro Medico Humberto Parra, in 2007, my life has taken a very strange journey. I had no idea that I’d end up writing about 3D printing as I do today. I was so absorbed, working with the patients, staff and volunteers of our free, medical clinic, that it was hard to think about the world outside of that Bolivian rainforest. I didn’t know 3D printing existed in 2007, even though it had been around since the 80’s. In fact, I didn’t know too much about anything outside of our bubble. Now, though, I’ve been covering 3D printing news for a little over a year and I’m seeing all of these ways that the technology could be used at Centro Medico and clinics like it."

    Read the whole story

  • Feria de Salud

    feriadesaludThe clinc held a Feria de Salud (Health Fair) for our diabetic patients.  It was a day of education and fun.  There were talks in the morning about the effects of diabetes on your health, how to avoid complications, and how to manage the disease. After the talks the clinic held a variety of fun exercise activities including a hula hoop contest, dance contest, a walk through the forest and a water balloon fight. The goal was to show some fun, easy ways to fit in exercise and move more in everyday life. Referenced on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, this video, explains what a little exercise can do

     

  • A Home Visit

    hermanosThese beautiful children met us at the door when one of our volunteers came for a home visit.  When patients are very sick, unable to make it to the clinic, or if one of our health promoters or nurses recommend we make a visit, our coordinators and doctors make home visits to assure patients get their care.  These home visits can provide a great deal of insight into how patients go about treating their chronic illnesses and also lets us get to know the whole family.  If a patient is very sick, it gives us the opportunity to provide care to those who need it most.

     

  • A Community Visits the Clinic

    waitingA group of patients wait outside the clinic for their appointments.  Each community comes on a regular schedule with transportation arranged by the clnic to bring them to be seen for regular follow up.  If there are patients with Chronic Illnesses such as Diabetes and Hypertension our Health Promoters assure that the they come when their community is scheduled so that they can receive ongoing follow up and care.  While they wait, they are provided with a hot meal cooked up by the clinic staff and the health promoters.