The Clínica Evangélica Morava is a referral hospital located in the community of Ahuas, in Honduras’ Department of Gracias A Dios. The nearly 75 year-old facility continues to minister in the name of Jesus Christ while serving the predominantly Mískito indigenous population of the area. Being one of only two hospitals in the region, they receive not only local patients, but also those who come from across the department.
The facility consists of 20 inpatient beds, an operating room, a lab, a pharmacy, three outpatient exam rooms, and x-ray and ultrasound equipment. A staff of just under 30- two doctors, an anesthetist, two lab techs, one registered nurse, six practical nurses, and support staff, works in a complex that consists of several acres and approximately 20 buildings.
In addition to seeing an average of twenty outpatients and performing as many as four or five surgeries on a daily basis, the hospital has an active preventive health program such as well baby clinics, pre-natal checkups, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS monitoring and malaria control. Three Infant Feeding Program sites also fight chronic malnutrition by providing daily meals to approximately 100 children.
Through September of 2020, the hospital saw 2,654 outpatients, attended to 181 births, admitted 737 inpatients, performed 227 surgeries, did 325 ultrasound exams, took 362 x-rays and performed 2,900 lab exams.
COVID-19 hit the area in July and resulted in multiple deaths, but has since abated. Twin November hurricanes caused widespread damage and the almost complete loss of crops.