CESAMO (Centro de Salud con Médico y Odontólogo) & Clínica Materno Infantil Taulabé is a public health care centre that offers medical care to the population of the rural community Taulabé, a village located between the two main cities of Honduras, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Under the public health system of Honduras, a CESAMO (acronym in Spanish for health centre with a doctor and dentist) are facilities that usually have a physician on staff at all times and occasionally a dentist.
The CESAMO in Taulabé also has a maternity clinic, providing health services mainly taking care of children and pregnant women, and also health promotion activities mainly vaccinating children and raising awareness on the importance of health care.
The health care centre carries out different activities such as:
Health services, mainly taking care of children and pregnant women.
Health promotion activities, mainly vaccinating children and also promoting the importance of health care.
Bonding with the communities and getting to know their social problems to help them.
The tasks of the volunteer will depend on his/her knowledge in medicine. The volunteer assists the doctor, nurses and/or dentist. Examples of tasks are:
Measuring vital signs of patients (temperature, arterial pressure, among others).
Prepare / update dossiers of patients.
Sterilise instruments and materials.
Assist in prenatal care (measure foetal heart frequency, assist in child births, among others).
The volunteer can also participate and organise campaigns to raise awareness on health care that are delivered to different schools and institutions.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should:
be at least 18 years old.
preferably have basic knowledge of Spanish because many of the volunteer’s tasks involve communicating with the patients
have a scientific background such as medicine knowledge.
medical skills are very helpful, as well as oratory skills, initiative is importance to carry out tasks, as well as independence.