Welcome From The President

Dr. Rodolfo Vargas, President and Founder

 

Welcome to FOR Nicaraguan Health. We are a non-profit organization formed by physicians and support personnel who want to make a difference in the world by improving the access and quality to health care in the most impoverished communities in Nicaragua.

Our Mission is to bring medical aid to the great numbers of impoverished people in Nicaragua who have limited access to health care.

The main goal of our organization is based on three distinctive objectives:

  • Improve the health of those we serve
  • Empower local medical community through knowledge and skills exchange
  • Promote medical education through international student exchange training programs

History

1980s – Dr. Vargas starts bringing medical supplies to help those in need in his hometown of Granada

1993 – Dr. Vargas obtains a large donation from Mr. Thomas E. Jernigan Jr. to buy six pieces of industrial laundry equipment for the hospital in Granada and with the help of members of the Highland United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL the project is successfully accomplished.

1998 - Hurricane Mitch destroys large portions of Nicaragua leaving thousands of victims in desperate need for healthcare. Once again, Dr. Vargas and his friends from Highland United Methodist Church and the Birmingham community raised $35,000 to aid the Nicaraguan Red Cross and provide medical services and food supply to the victims of the disaster. After this event, the idea of creating an organized medical mission group and return to Nicaragua was born.

2000 – The first annual medical mission trip to Nicaragua takes place under the name of Alabama Medical Team with a group of 30 (14 doctors and 16 support personnel). This marks the beginning of our 17 annual missions accomplished up-to-date (2016).

2001 – In July Friends of Rudy (FOR) Nicaraguan Health is incorporated. Application to Internal Revenue Service for non-profit status is filed in August.

2002 – In February FOR Nicaraguan Health receives the not for profit 501(c) (3) status. (Prior to our incorporation, we worked under the tax exemption of Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama).

2002 – In May the plans to acquire property and renovate a building to operate a year round clinic in Granada becomes a reality.

2004 – In February the Grand Opening of Clinica Alabama-Granada takes place and later in March it begins fully operating. Since its opening over 200,000 patients/visits have been provided

2008 - In August, with the help of Dr. Ilana Kutinsky, we took ten children with cardiac arrhythmias to the Beaumont Hospital in Detroit for very expensive electrophysiology studies and treatment called ablations. All transportation and treatments were done at no cost to the patients and they returned home in good health. Now one of them (Emmanuel Osorio) is a volunteer for the medical missions.

2009 - With equipment donated by Dr. Christian Machado and completed with equipment donated by Dr Kutinsky the first EP Lab of Nicaragua was installed at the Military Hospital in Managua. We are grateful to both Doctors for their contributions.

Present – The Foundation has successfully set root in Nicaragua through its two main projects. One is Alabama-Granada Clinic, the general medical clinic, our “Flagship”. The second is the Annual Medical Missions that provide services in four different hospitals in the cities of Granada and Managua.