Discovering the Difference a Water Filter Makes

“Working with Aqua Clara, I got my hands dirty plenty of times in the lab, but there’s something about experiencing the filters first-hand in the communities that makes a difference. Sometimes we have to take a 2 hour hike just to find one filter. It’s powerful to realize something you’ve worked on in the lab […]

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Giving Back by Empowering Others: A Supervisor’s Story

Posted September 11, 2012 Everyday at AMOS is inspired by the people we work with. The reality of life in the rural communities of Nicaragua is often one of hardship, but it is also one of HOPE because of how people come together and give back. The newest member of our Primary Health Care Supervision […]

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An Answer to Prayer: The Samaritan Donation to AMOS

Dr. Nour Sirker and his wife Carolyn, founders of the Samaritano Foundation, have been missionaries in Nicaragua since 1992. In a life dedicated to serving others, they helped to found the Principe de Paz church in Nejapa, they ministered to low income families through the Samaritano clinic, and they developed and ran two urban Christian […]

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Strengthening Leadership to Strengthen Communities: Health Promoter Training, July 2012

During the first week of July, twenty-six health promoters traveled hours from their rural communities around Nicaragua to Managua to participate in the second of three continuing education trainings with AMOS for this year. The training lasted three days and three key words could be used to describe the activities the facilitators planned for this […]

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Enthusiasm, Personal Firsts and Exceeded Expectations: A Volunteer’s Reflection on Visiting Rural Nicaragua

Austin is a current GlobeMed volunteer and student at Rhodes College who will be working with AMOS for 6 weeks this summer. The focus of the partnership between AMOS and GlobeMed has been the work with rural communities to provide people with clean and sustainable sources of water to drink. After Austin’s first visit to […]

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Should medicines be free?

by Dave Stalsbroten One of the most pressing healthcare questions in the developing world is: Can you have equity (fairness) and sustainability at the same time? This might seem like an abstract problem until you need to get medicine for your dying child.  Perhaps your child is seriously ill because of a preventable illness; the medicine he/she needs is […]

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Anemia Report

Anemia remains a major global health issue, affecting nearly two billion people worldwide. In Nicaragua, it is estimated that 20% of the general population and approximately one third of pregnant women have iron deficiency anemia[1]. Anemia has been closely linked with stunted growth and poor academic performance in children and is often found in conjunction […]

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Census-Based Health Care

One of AMOS’ core methodologies in working with rural communities is a system called Census-Based Healthcare.  It’s based on the simple idea that every person in a community counts (has value) and that everyone should be counted (to ensure equity, that every voice is heard). Each year, the health committee convenes a special meeting to […]

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