GlobeMed at Rhodes College partners with AMOS to enhance the health of rural populations in Nicaragua by providing them access to potable water.
GlobeMed at Rhodes College + AMOS
GlobeMed at Rhodes College | Memphis, Tennessee
A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope (AMOS) | Managua, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and is marked by a history of political turmoil, civil war, and catastrophic natural disasters which have contributed to the widespread poverty. A devastating earthquake struck Managua in 1972, and Hurricane Mitch in 1998 destroyed thousands of homes in the northern regions of the country. According to the UN, 80% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 per day. Due to a small budget and difficult access to rural areas, healthcare access in Nicaragua is limited.
“The opportunity to actively participate in projects I’ve heard about for so long, like the water filters, was surreal; the fact that I get to bring my experience back home to energize my chapter is exhilarating.”
– Carolyn Lamere, Rhodes College ’12
About the Partnership
AMOS was founded in 2006 by two physicians determined to improve the health of marginalized people in rural areas of Nicaragua. The organization implements community-based primary health care to increase health care coverage in areas with limited services. AMOS’s model enables communities in rural Nicaragua to develop sustainable health care systems. The organization trains health workers in rural communities to manage and run their own community clinics, preventing common illnesses and addressing the root causes of poor health.
Since 2010, AMOS has been working with communities and their local health committees to improve access to safe drinking water through the implementation of household-scale water filtration technologies. For the 2014-2015 school year, the AMOS Household Water Treatment (HWT) Program for aims to achieve increased filter usage rates of beneficiaries and to strengthen monitoring and evaluation strategies.
GlobeMed at Rhodes College aims to raise $10,000 this year to support AMOS in enhancing the health of people in rural Nicaragua by implementing, sustaining, and improving water filtration systems.