What we do
From its origins, the existence of Obras Sociales and its programs have been a direct response to the poverty, insalubrity and economic anguish that the majority of the Guatemalan population suffers. The institution receives provides health services to people from the 22 departments of the country. Eight out of 10 people who receive social assistance in the institution come from rural areas and 9 are part of a socioeconomically weak class who either have no job or have partial jobs in the agriculture field. In ethnic terms, 36% of the patients are indigenous, mainly Maya Kaqchikeles, and in terms of gender, of every 10 patients, 7 are women of reproductive age.
The Health program includes
a) Outpatient and Clinical Services such as oncology, gynecology, colposcopy, orthopedics, psychology, neurology, internal medicine, genetics, pediatrics, prosthetic and orthotics, audiometry, among others.
b) Scheduled Surgeries Program with more than 5,800 surgeries performed annually by 42 groups of international volunteer doctors from Spain, United States and Canada who work year-round in five state-of-the-art operating rooms to provide general, gynecological, ENT, orthopedic, plastic and eye surgeries.
c) Children’s Nutritional Recovery Center has internal and external care programs for infants and children with severe malnutrition across the country.
d) Laboratory and Diagnostic Center: Provides technical support for the external and specialized consultations available to patients and the general public.
e) Pharmacy Services: inexpensive in and out patient pharmacy.
f) Three preventive clinics: gastroenterology and endoscopy clinic, Cervical Cancer prevention (VIA/CRIO detection and treatment in pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix), and ANODYNE clinical therapy.
The institutional care homes and centers program has the following households
a) Permanent homes for children, youth, adults and seniors with chronic degenerative problems: 8 inpatient homes for patients who need special treatments mostly with disabilities and diseases such as cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, convulsive syndrome, spina bifida, microcephaly, psychomotor retardation, paraplegia, and malnutrition, among others.
b) The Special School is and on-site school serving 100 students, all from our permanent homes, patients cerebral palsy patients, convulsive syndrome, etc., in areas of primary and preprimary, computer lab, occupational areas, and early stimulation
c) External Households focus on giving quality care to adults and children with different needs. The “Sacred Heart of Jesus” Nursery gives comprehensive education to children of scarce resources. The rehabilitation center for patients with addiction problems “Renacer” provides a space that generates comprehensive, profound and lasting change, and the “San Juan Bautista” nursing home in Jutiapa welcomes and assists abandoned elderly men and women by offering them shelter, clothing, food, and medical and spiritual care.
d) Casa de Fe A safe haven for surgery patients to recover, with daily capacity of up to 150 patients and family members