For most children in the U.S., strep throat, a pesky ear infection, or even a case of pneumonia can all be resolved with a quick visit to the pediatrician and a prescription for antibiotics. Children living in poverty in resource-poor areas of the world, however, do not always have access to a doctor, much less pediatric medicine.
In Sonoyta, Mexico, local residents have no access to healthcare outside of the volunteer medical teams who run the Rocky Point Medical Clinics. Because it is located on the U.S. border, Sonoyta also houses refugees in shelters – all of whom are living with the clothes on their backs, and not much else. For these families, healthcare is an inaccessible luxury.
Danielle Briskey, a Physician’s Assistant who volunteers at the monthly clinics, says that in addition to local Mexican residents, their medical team also sees “patients from other parts of central America such as Peru, Honduras and Guatemala who made the trek up to Mexico.” In this town, “the patients have no access to healthcare other than our monthly clinics.”
All of the medications in the clinic’s small pharmacy are donated, and in the past, the selection has been limited enough that liquid antibiotics for children were not available. Thanks to MAP International, this has recently changed.
And for 2-year-old Fernando, MAP’s donation couldn’t have come at a better time. Just like most other families in the area, Fernando and his family have no access to medical care outside of Rocky Point’s monthly volunteer clinics. So when the little boy started feeling unwell, his parents waited expectantly for the next clinic day. When the doctors examined Fernando, they found that he had tonsillitis, and would need antibiotics.
“MAP International provided us with children’s amoxicillin and helped us to be able to treat Fernando properly,” Danielle says. Without this option, Fernando likely would have been treated for his symptoms and sent home, or had to make do with taking a fraction of an adult’s antibiotic pill, crushed up.
In a town where resources are extremely limited, finally having access to pediatric antibiotics is a literal Godsend. With MAP’s help, now more children in Sonoyta are able to find proper care when they are sick.