GlobeMed at Rhodes College partners with AMOS, in Nicaragua, to implement a water sanitation program that provides clean water to rural families.
GlobeMed at Rhodes College + AMOS
GlobeMed at Rhodes College | Memphis, Tennessee
A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope (AMOS) | Managua, Nicaragua
Over 50% of Nicaragua’s rural areas lack access to basic health care and medicines.
“The opportunity to actively participate in projects I’ve heard about for so long, like the water filters, was surreal; the fact that I get to bring my experience back home to energize my chapter is exhilarating.”
– Carolyn Lamere, Rhodes College ’12
About the Partnership
A Ministry Of Sharing Health & Hope (AMOS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of poor and marginalized rural populations in Nicaragua, and has been GlobeMed at Rhodes’ partner organization since January 2009. AMOS was established by two physicians in 2006 and uses a strategy of community-based primary health care to increase health care coverage in areas with limited services.
Since the beginning of this partnership, GlobeMed at Rhodes has supported three major programs: a series of Community Health Worker training conferences, a country-wide water and sanitation project, and a pilot sexual health program run by and for teenagers in local communities. AMOS’ model focuses on training lay health workers in rural communities to manage and run their own community clinic, prevent and treat the most common illnesses, and work on community development to address the root causes of poor health such as access to safe water and sanitation.
In Nicaragua, only 60% of the population has access to potable water, and access is even worse in the targeted rural areas. To support AMOS’ initiatives targeting this issue, GlobeMed at Rhodes has raised over $9,000 this year to fund 220 new water filters for a water filtration project bringing clean water to rural families in Nicaragua. Together, GlobeMed at Rhodes and AMOS have developed protocols on supervision, construction, and monitoring of biosand filters, improved quality control, and developed lab testing for water filters.
Given AMOS and GlobeMed at Rhodes’ comprehensive approach to safe water and sanitation, they hope to provide clean water to the poorest, most rural families in Nicaragua in order to ensure a healthy, productive population.