Why a medical clinic in Corralillos? Why now?
Elsa: “Even though this settlement is only 15 minutes from the town of Filadelfia, it has become more and more isolated, with no public transportation or public services. The last medical clinic in Corralillos closed 25 years ago, in 1996. Most of the residents experience extreme poverty. Minor ailments have been left untreated, and with time they have become more serious health issues. Creciendo Juntos saw the need and worked with stakeholders to fill a real gap. “
What services will the clinic prioritize?
Elsa: “Education for children and young adults will be a focus for the new clinic, including seminars addressing social issues such as preventive health, sex education, suicide prevention, drug addiction and other challenges. Costa Rica’s Health Ministry will also be taking advantage of the doctor’s office a few times a month to tend to adult patients, bringing in specialists depending on the specific needs of the community.”