Buen Samaritano Clinic is a licensed, Christian clinic located in the impoverished village of El Floron, Manabí Province of Ecuador. Buen Samaritano opened in 2004 explicitly for the people of El Floron. The community of 25,000 originated as a squatters village of poor residents. The clinic addresses women’s, infants, children and adolescents issues as well as men’s.
Thanks to a visiting American gynecologist, eight years ago the clinic introduced Papanicoulau testing and breast exams to Floron women.
Inhalation therapy is frequent among infants, young and old since respiratory problems are common to this area. Rehydration fluids are also a frequent need.
Dra. Silvia Venegas has been the clinic’s medical director for the past nine years. Earning an advanced degree in dietetics, she strives to educate patients on affordable, improved diets since diabetes and hypertension are major problems in this area. Buen Samaritano Clinic has expanded and is able to offer the community a fully equipped, low cost laboratory, dental clinic and purified water system (see “Clean Water Project”) in addition to CPR classes.
Buen Samaritano Clinic has been able to thrive due to the efforts of its committed Ecuadorian Staff and contributions from Fundación “Yo Te Amo,” CO.
An annual medical mission to surrounding, underserved villages began in 1998 prior to the forming of the foundation in 2001; these annual medical missions have continued and include dental care. We coordinate all arrangements in Ecuador— in-country transportation, food and lodging. We also provide the same services for individuals and families that have a heart for missions and seek a short term mission experience.
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