Investing in Health Pays Off - Nicaragua

Baltimore, MD, March 30, 2012 --( The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic’s Annual Health Care Fair on February 4 was a success, with numbers far surpassing expectations. Around 1,200 residents, who live in the remote communities of southwest Nicaragua, received free health care in Limon 1, Tola, Rivas.

Adults patiently waited to receive free check-ups from more than 30 medical professionals from Nicaragua and the United States who volunteered their services. While parents patiently awaited their check-ups, children joyously participated in games and activities that won them prizes, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, toys, and popsicles.

The fair provided free services in dentistry, optometry, and primary care, as well lessons on preventative care. Additionally, this year, the clinic utilized its newly purchased ultrasound. The only ultrasound in the region, serving as a major game-changer in the community, not only ensures healthy pregnancies, but also serves as an essential tool for detecting internal injuries and for diagnosing disease. Another highlight of this year’s fair was the optometric services that were provided. Approximately 300 people walked away with a free, brand new pair of glasses.

Since 2004, the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic ( has served as a positive agent for change, providing free, low-cost health services to the local community, including emergency and primary care, low cost dentistry and laboratory services, internal surgeries in certain trauma cases, and ambulance service to the nearest hospital when more advanced medical attention is needed. Last year, the clinic began holding on-call hours, allowing patients to have access to medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about this event, please contact Juan Munoz (USA) at or Juan Vargas (Nicaragua) at, and view their latest newsletter at To learn more about the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, visit

Phone: 1-410-777-8626; Nicaragua: 8675-0100 (Spanish only)
The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic
Juan Munoz
Nicaragua Phone: 8675-0100 (Spanish only)