After our trip to Santa Barbara, we came down to Santa Rosa de Copan to reestablish project activities.
The hospital in Santa Rosa de Copan has on average 20 births a day and many women travel several hours from impoverished areas in the mountains of Honduras to deliver here. The nights can be cold, so we look forward to distributing the many baby blankets donated by courtesy of the fine staff on the L&D and PP units of Mercy Gilbert Hospital in Arizona.
There is a great need for a range of education and outreach activities in Santa Rosa de Copan. We providing education services in an Hogar Materno where an average of 25 pregnant residents at a time live for several weeks. Hogares Maternos exist for women who live at great distance from the nearest hospital or where public transportation is unreliable. Women come here one to three weeks before their due date to wait until labor begins. We also travel to more rural areas surrounding Santa Rosa to provide education and outreach services in the mountain areas as well as work with local midwives. There are a number of social projects housed in Santa Rosa as well; We will be working with one in particular that provides a home where women can seek services and protection after leaving situations of domestic violence.
In our time in Santa Rosa, we also held a lot of meetings and provided eduction materials to the healthcare center.
Yesterday, Nouf Bazaz, Masters in Trauma & Violence Studies (with a focus on women’s health).