Swedish employees help Guatemala communities

Swedish employees help Guatemala communities

Ed. note: Swedish employees not only serve our communities in the Greater Seattle area, but also world wide. Check out this story about a recent trip to Guatemala that Swedish employees participated in:

Employees from Swedish have just returned from participating in the inaugural Providence Health International (PHI) service trips to Guatemala. PHI provides opportunities for employees to learn, serve and donate to international communities, leveraging the resources and talents of our health care system to improve and promote global health.

On the first trip, the team installed 35 energy efficient stoves to address the public health crisis of acute respiratory infection related to traditional indoor open fires that produce harmful smoke. The team worked in the village of Chitepey in the central highlands of Guatemala. Chitepey is a Q’eqchi-speaking indigenous community lacking in public health and educational support; it has virtually no infrastructure for electricity, public transportation or running water.

The second team consisted of thirty skilled clinicians from Providence representing a variety of hospitals and departments throughout the Southern California Region, who worked seamlessly in the rural village of San Felipe, Retalhuleu to address the medical problems of more than 65 patients. The team performed 26 hernia repairs, 25 gallbladder removals and 14 surgeries to remove lymphomas, cysts and masses. Throughout the week, team members heard the stories of the patients who had not worked in years because of the pain and disruption caused by their medical problems. The patients had traveled many hours to receive health care support and the team was relieved to see their patients leave the hospital with smiles on their faces.

To learn more about these trips, click here to visit PHI’s site. 

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