OB/gyn Program

HOLA implemented the OB/gyn program in late 2017, hiring Dr. Maria Teresa Zelaya Vasquez to work two mornings a week in the new clinic in the Raul Cabeza community complex in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. The program was designed to provide access to obstetric and gynecological services that would otherwise be unavailable to women in this community and was part of HOLA’s new focus on women’s health.

In its first two years the clinic proved to be a great success. In 2018, Dr. Zelaya conducted 564 patient consultations at the clinic with this

(Pre Natal vitamins and other supplies to be used in the clinic in Chacraseca)

number increasing to 576 in 2019 across almost 400 individual patients. The program has been well received by the community, by representatives from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the Pan American Health Organization. Throughout this process, HOLA has worked in conjunction with MINSA to identify additional communities where these services could be especially valuable. In March, 2020 HOLA hired Dr. Leyla Maria Chevez Gonzalez to work two mornings a week in the at the MINSA clinic in La Leona. In May of 2021, we expanded Dr. Zelaya’s scope of work to include a third morning per work at in clinic in the rural community of La Ceiba. Throughout 2021, our doctors conducted over 1,400 patient consultations. This year we expect close to 1,500 women will benefit from improved access to key health care services at these three locations.

(Dr. Zelaya, pictured right, alongside Dr. Chevez)

HOLA tracks patient data through its board led quality control committee, ensuring all our doctors are practicing to current WHO standards.

We intend to continue and expand these clinical efforts during the 2022 year by focusing on three approaches:

•     Increasing access to health care services

•     Improving care coordination

•     Enhancing and supporting existing health care infrastructure.

By year’s end HOLA plans to hire another OBGYN to work in a fourth, MINSA approved, community.