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Young man with neurological disorder receives specialized care, stays in school

Jose Israel is 13 years old and was born with Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord. When Jose was 4 months old he received an operation to repair the spinal cord, but this caused secondary symptoms of other neurological issues, including deformations […]

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and this year the United Nations selected the theme, “Ensuring indigenous peoples’ health and well-being” to highlight the issue of indigenous peoples’ access to health care services, which remains a critical challenge for indigenous peoples around the world. Common Hope’s goal is to break […]

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Big smiles for a new dental chair in Antigua’s clinic

Early this month, we received a new dental chair in our Antigua clinic thanks to Saul Ovalle! Saul is a Pediatric DDS who was raised in Antigua and now resides in Minnesota. Saul completed his dentistry degree in Guatemala and continued his specialization at the University of Minnesota. His family still lives in Antigua and […]

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Diabetes patients undergo corrective eye surgery

Last month on November 26, eight patients from our diabetes support group traveled five hours to San Cristobal Verapaz for ophthalmological surgery to correct complications due to the progression of their diabetes.  Though Common Hope doesn’t have the resources necessary to perform such a procedure onsite, the clinic director Dr. Walter was able to coordinate […]

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CH staff member participates in social work exchange with Boston hospital

  Each year, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital in Boston, offers a week-long social work exchange with a different NGO. Susan Larrabee, who volunteered with Common Hope in 2012 and 2013 and currently works at the hospital, made a trip to Guatemala to interview several candidates. One of the candidates was […]

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Nutrition for the early years: a success story

Children change and grow so much in the first few years, and a poor diet can have long-term effects on health and achievement. That’s why our clinic places a high priority on ensuring children are getting the nutrition they need. Jeferson Tepé is one such example. Jeferson had his first nutrition appointment a little over […]

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