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Leadership, Assistance, and Effectiveness

Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church

http://www.moravianmission.org

Dr. Florence Levy,whose mother was for many years nursing director of the hospital in Puerto Cabezas, and who is an M.D. with special graduate training in public health in England, was appointed coordinator of the Moravian health care program and became responsible for oversight of the clinic. Dr. Peter Haupert, who served as director of the Thaeler Hospital following the retirement of Dr. Thaeler, worked closely with Dr. Levy in organizing the program. Dr. Robert Bach and Partners in Health have also assisted Dr. Levy in many ways during the past few years.

Currently, the Bilwaskarma clinic serves about 10,000 people in ten communities in the planning, supervision and evaluation of preventative and curative care and in the promotion of healthy life styles.

Between 1997 and 1999 clinic personnel saw over 11,000 patients on an outpatient basis. During these same years 225 patients were admitted, 26 major surgeries were performed and 58 women gave birth at the clinic.

Dr. Levy resigned as coordinator of the Moravian health program in August 2000 due to her increasingly demanding responsibilities in public health on a national level with the Ministry of Public Health.