The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighted the fortieth year of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program
UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing students and faculty participated in a service learning trip to Honduras during Spring Break. Before the trip the Association of Student Nurses helped collect vitamin and over the counter medications for the group to take with them.
Clinical Assistant Professor Jean Davison was the SON Course Coordinator and Team Leader for the multidisciplinary group, which included 20 students and nine volunteers who included two doctors, three nurse practitioners and two pharmacists. Nine of the students were from the School of Nursing.
View a slide show of pictures from their trip here.
The group saw and treated over 1600 people with anti-parasitic treatment, vitamins, and medications. They gave pizza and gifts to children of a feeding program and fed over 30 families with a week’s worth of food. They also provided school supplies, book bags, clothes and toys to many children in the clinics and at the hospital.
Among the places they visited was Oropoli, a very isolated site that took four hours to reach and had no medical facility nearby. The group spent the night there in an open building on a cement floor.
Facts about Honduras:
- Honduras is ranked 95th for mortality rate of children under 5
- Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of mortality
- 10% of infants are born with low birth weight
- 26% of non-pregnant women and 32 % of pregnant women were anemic
- Skilled attendant at 67 % of deliveries (2000-2006)
- 54% of population uses adequate sanitation facilities in rural areas (2004)