|A calm bit of road which allowed for a photo|
Delivery accomplished, we traveled down the same dirt and rock road we had walked the preceding day and arrived at the ECO clinic. We spent the morning observing all of the operations of the clinic, noting that most of the patients where women who were expecting babies, had recently delivered babies or are raising babies. Nutrition is a huge issue among these rural families who survive on what they can grow and store. Many mothers receive powdered milk from a government program.
|Dog vaccines are free - provided|
by nurses. The sign below says
"Don't threaten your kids with
|Family Planning Information|
The team treated us to a delicious lunch which was made in the community and brought to the clinic: carne asada (stewed beef), chirmol (fresh tomato, onion & cilantro), rice and avacado. We shared a lot of laughter around that table. Re-energized for the afternoon, we loaded up on water and hopped into the truck for a ride out to a patient who lives quite a distance from the ECO clinic. The story of our Super Health Promoters on that afternoon is recorded in another Blog Post.
At the end of our day, we made the long drive back to San Salvador, stopping for about an hour at La Doctora's house, where we were served delicious homemade pie and hot chocolate. It was a huge honor for us to share in our friend's work, her friendships, her family, and her struggles. We have often marveled at the stories she told about her work and the sacrifices she makes in order to have a job. Now, having walked alongside her for a few days in her own work setting, we are even more convinced that she, like so many healthcare providers in El Salvador, is a Super Doctora!