Our pilot plan is to make medicine accessible to the poor population of El Salvador (roughly 90% of the population). In the past 500 years, they have been denied access to specialized medical care, but now, thanks to God, we are able to bring specialized medicine to the most under-served people.
Each Sunday, a specialist comes to the small village of La Reina to provide medical care in his or her area. The cost of a visit is only $10, while it might cost $30 to see the same doctor in San Salvador. Many of these doctors have come to the understanding that they entered medicine to serve others, not to become rich. Hallelujah! Each month, a dermatologist, a pediatrician, a psychologist, and a cardiologist take a week, and we will soon be adding a gastroenterologist.
We have a passion for serving the poor, because they have been neglected for more than 500 years. Furthermore, immediately following the Second Vatican Council, as a Church, the bishops of Latin America gathered together in 1969, in Medellín, Colombia, and introduced the PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR, recognizing that for many years, the Catholic Church catered to the dominant classes of society.
The clinic is the first of its kind in the Province of Chalatenango (population 250,000). As little as four years ago, not even the government was able to provide these services. We hope to be able to expand our clinic to other towns in the future.