Onil Stove: Innovation in the highlands of Guatemala

Published:January 18, 2017DOI:
      In 1988, our clinical practice in St. Cloud, MN, compiled a small surgical volunteer team outreach into the rural Guatemalan highlands at the request of HELPS International, a medical relief and development organization based in Dallas, TX. As the medical arm of this humanitarian relief organization, we were confronted with addressing substantial basic health needs in these remote, indigenous communities, which compelled us to organize more broadly across surgical and medical disciplines and return with larger, multidisciplinary teams. Other volunteer groups from across the United States joined the effort, conducting approximately 250,000 clinic visits and performing >21,000 operations in some 250 teams in remote locations in Guatemala to date.
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