CAMO Serves Over 600 Patients Annually with Gastroenterology Program

With nearly 600 patients served each year, CAMO’s Gastroenterology Program, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the public Western Hospital, provides the Honduran community with access to high-quality care.

Flor Márquez traveled from her rural community over 50 kilometers away from our facility when she began experiencing stomach pain about a month ago.

Thanks to our program, Flor was able to quickly access a consultation and evaluation. Subsequently, she underwent an endoscopy to treat her stomach condition.

“I started feeling pain in my stomach and came in for a consultation. Then they performed an endoscopy. I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the endoscopy. I was treated very warmly,” shared Flor after her procedure.

This effort is made possible by the dedication of our specialist volunteers from Honduras: Víctor López, Candy Leiva, and Gabriela Duarte.

The Western Hospital provides a physical space for the operation of our program, while CAMO supplies the necessary materials, equipment, and volunteer medical staff, allowing low-income patients to access this care.

About the Program

Established in 2022, the program was created to address digestive system diseases that frequently affect our population, many of which have high mortality rates. CAMO set up a physical space within the Western Hospital, equipping it and continuously supplying necessary materials for its optimal operation.

In the Honduran public health system, gastroenterology services are scarce, presenting a significant challenge for low-income patients suffering from gastrointestinal and associated organ issues. The program’s goal is to improve the quality of life for these individuals by providing quality care and services.

The services we offer include:

– Endoscopy

– Banding of esophageal varices

– Colonoscopy

– Gastroesophageal dilation

– Polypectomy

– Gastrostomy

Recently, we have included Pediatric Gastroenterology care, an addition that has been received with excitement by the community.

The Gastroenterology Program continues to be a beacon of hope and an opportunity to improve the health and quality of life for the population of western Honduras.

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