In addition to treating acute patient needs, OCHO addresses widespread concerns through sustainable, public health programs. Guided in concert with community collaboration, epidemiologic evidence, and regional specifications, our programs are designed to address the most pressing concerns with a long runway of improvement.
In partnership with the Rotary Club of Baltimore, Rotary International, Agua Clara (Cornell University), Agua Para El Pueblo, and the Municipal Government of Atima, OCHO helped to raise funds to support the construction of a $100,000 water purification facility to serve the Atima community.
Water in Atima has been significantly contaminated by bacteria and parasites, contributing to chronic illness, malnutrition and adversely affecting the maturation and development of children in Atima. The project holds the promise of providing potable drinking water for the first time to the approximately 3500 residents of Atima. The water treatment plant will both remove sediment from the river water and chlorinate the water to make it safe for drinking. The project was completed in June of 2012.
After numerous clinical encounters during OCHO’s medical clinic identified persistent Upper Respiratory Infections among women and children, a volunteer discovered the issue: traditional cook stoves filled homes with smoke all hours of the day. So, he devised a solution: build an improved cook stove that pipes smoke outside and reduces wood consumption from improved efficiency. Along with a micro-financing strategy, Proyecto Mirador was created.
Since 2004, over 100,000 clean-burning cooking stoves have been installed in Honduras directed by the Project Mirador Foundation. These stoves vent toxic smoke to the outside of the homes, use 1/3 the amount of wood, as well as burn hotter and cook faster than typical stoves. As a result, respiratory and eye problems, wood consumption, deforestation, and indoor smoke pollution have been dramatically reduced. The reduction in the amount of wood needed has also resulted in significant cost savings to families as well as time saved in gathering wood.
Proyecto Mirador now employs a full-time Honduran staff to oversee its growing operation. To learn more visit Proyector Mirador
The opportunity for local community members to receive essential health information has been limited, so OCHO has offered several methods for sharing health education. Volunteers have hosted workshops, developed customized pamphlets, hosted fitness events, and trained local trainers to share information on topics including:
Nutrition and diet
Pregnancy and newborn care
Physical fitness and well being
Sexual health and diseases
By providing local clinicians and teachers with the information and tools necessary to educate, health education programs can be most far-reaching and sustainable for the community.
Would you like to join the OCHO team by sharing your skills and services?
Contact the OCHO Board of Directors:
P.O Box 26162
Baltimore, MD 21210