Dear Open Wide Community,
We have been touched by all of your good thoughts and inquiries about the staff, patients and families connected to the Open Wide Clinics during this world wide pandemic. One of the incredible things about the work you have supported in Guatemala is the connections many of you have forged with a people and a country you would have otherwise known nothing about. The COVID numbers we see on the charts or hear on the news about Guatemala aren’t just data anymore, they are real people to us, some of them friends.
The good news is that, so far, the COVID-19 numbers are low in Guatemala. The national government acted quickly to impose guidelines similar to those we have in our country. They also have a “toca de queda” or curfew from 4:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
In a response to the immediate needs of the pandemic in Guatemala, Open Wide was able to donate our clinic inventory of masks and gloves (1300 and 4200 respectively) to be used in the “The Market” which is the public health service complex for the municipality of Villa Nueva (which includes Peronia City.)
We asked Stephanie Lambour, the clinic director in Peronia, to share a little bit more on what the staff has been doing since the clinic closed on March 23rd. Below is her letter to you.
Thank you again for all your support and care during this difficult time. Open Wide sends our wishes for each of you to stay well and enjoy your families as you shelter together.
Lisa Wysel, Co-Founder & Executive Board Member