We were finally able to review all of our data for the March 2018 health trip to Tzalamtun, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Here’s an overview of what happened:
Our mission for this trip was to bring healthcare through physical examinations, consultations, dental work, and administration of medicine.
As always, none of our work would have been made possible without the help of local teachers and community leaders. All volunteers were transported to the remote village through trucks and gasoline donated by one of the teachers of the local school. Each round trip was about two hours. Other teachers from the elementary school helped to organize the flow of the project, and also found volunteers from the local high school who helped to sterilize and organize materials. Members of IMPRA (Instituto Mixto Privado Ricardo Arjona), another nearby high school, aided as translators of the Q’eqchi language for those of us that cannot speak it, which is most of us! Additional volunteers included Registered Nurses who also served as translators, but also took vitals and helped with patient flow. Finally, and most incredibly of all, the parents of the local students raised funds, which provided a lunch for all volunteers for the three days of the campaign.
The medical workup included nutrition consults, tests for parasites from stool and urine samples, physical examinations, and consults. Dental workup included examinations, and either extractions and/or fillings for affected teeth.
And finally, the most telling part of all, EPIDEMIOLOGY. At the current time, all we have been able to count comes from Medical Charts. At the end of the health mission, most of the Dental Records were lost, but efforts are being made to find them. From the medical data, here is what we found.
Patient total : 430 persons
Nutrion-Related diagnoses: 33%
Including: malnutrition, Protein-caloric malnutrition, underweight, diabetes, obesity, overweight, anorexia, avitaminosis, and dehydration.
Including: ascaris lumbricoides, uncinaria, trichuris trichuria, entoamoeba coli, strongyloides, endolimax nana, giardia lamblia, retortamonas, chilomastix, mesnilii, tricomonas, and Charcot-Leyden crystals.
GI tract diagnoses: 18.4%
Including: peptic disease, gastritis, gastric ulcers, diarrhea, intestinal amoebas, nausea, irritable colon syndrome, viral gastroenteritis, abdominal pain, and dysentery.
Infections and other diagnoses: 15.8%
Including: fever, healthy patient, otalgia, viral infection, bacterial infection, cerumen plug, varicella, eye trauma, epistaxis, vision problems, ear infection, common cold, hernia, Chagas, lipoma, lower extremity ulcer, senescence.
Musculoskeletal diagnoses: 10.7%
Including: myalgia, muscular spasms, prosthetic pain, back pain, muscular tear, athralgia, lower extremity pain, and gynovial cyst.
Urinary Tract Diagnoses: 10.7%
Including: urinary tract infection, and dysuria.
Neurological diagnoses: 8.8%
Including: cephalea, dizziness, syncope, Bell’s palsy, neuropathy, blurry vision, convulsions, developmental delay, dysgeusia, and weakness.
Skin-related diagnoses : 6%
Inlcuding: dermatitis, mycosis, sarcoptosis, impetigo, pruritus, vitiligo, and idiopathic infection.
Respiratory Tract Diagnoses: 4.4%
Including: upper respiratory infection, lower respiratory infection, acute respiratory infection, pneumonia, COPD, left roncus, pharingoamigdalitis, bronchospasm, and bronchitis.
Ob/Gyn Diagnoses: 4.2%
Including: dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, pregnant, cysts, menopause.
Circulatory and Cardiovascular Diagnoses: 3.2%
Including: anemia, hypertension, tachycardia, heart murmur, aortic aneurysm, varices, and deep vein thrombosis.
Although these were just quick facts, we expect to publish a complete scientific report here on our website. Once again, a million thank-you’s to all our volunteers, directly from our family, Professor Edin from Tzalamtum Elementary, parents at the school, students from USAC, and the vice mayor of the town who found us all lodging and dinner for the three nights of the campaign.
We hope that this information brings awareness to the needs of the population, and helps us grow as an organization for better and more specialized care.
To all who donated to make this campaign possible, either with time, or monetarily in the United States, WE LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU!
Miguel Vargas Team