GlobeMed at Duke partners with Salud sin Limites in Siuna, Nicaragua to support the rights and health of women and children.
GlobeMed at Duke University + Salud Sin Limites
Salud Sin Límites | Siuna, Nicaragua
Almost the entire population of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (La RAAN), where Salud Sin Límites is located, lives in conditions defined as extreme poverty by the UN.
“In the name of Salud Sin Límites and the community of Las Quebradas in Siuna, la RAAN, Nicaragua, we would like to thank you for your excellent work focusing on the health of the impoverished—we believe that you are truly demonstrating leadership through your commitment to public health and social justice.”
– Juan Herrera Urbina, Project Manager, Salud Sin Límites
About the Partnership
Salud sin Límites (SSL) Nicaragua (Health Unlimited) is part of the International Health Unlimited network (now Health Poverty Action). SSL works in the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (La RAAN) of Nicargua with indigenous communities that have been historically marginalized by the central government. This branch of the Health Poverty Action network was founded to prevent HIV amongst youth, create a safe space for mothers to give birth, and protect children from violence.
La RAAN has some of the highest rates of inadequate housing, poor water supply, overcrowding and low education levels in the country. To improve the health and infrastructure of this region, SSL engages local youth in education around sexual health, leadership development, advocacy training and “radionovelas”—weekly radio shows which discuss a diverse set of health and social issues the communities face. GlobeMed at Duke joined SSL in fall 2010 and have raised over $22,000 since.
GlobeMed at Duke works to improve maternal and child health. From 2011 to 2013, they raised funds to establish a shelter for victims of domestic violence–the only shelter in the region that will serve both women and children. In addition to providing funds for the shelter, this coming year GlobeMed at Duke will launch a project to fund equipment for medical screenings as well as radio campaigns about cervical cancer risks and prevention.
GlobeMed at Duke University aims to raise $10,000 to sustain the shelter for victims of domestic violence established with Salud sin Limites in the summer of 2013, and launch a cervical cancer awareness, detection, and treatment campaign in Siuna, Nicaragua. GlobeMed at Duke will promote awareness through radio programs and reduce mortality by contributing equipment for pap smears and cervical biopsies.