Doctor Making a Difference in Honduras Health Care System
Dr. Luther Castillo Harry has a heart as large as his home country of Honduran, which is why he has put so much effort into the health care system of his native land.
Harry’s plan is an alternative model for health care delivery in developing countries that is free to patients. To develop and allocate human resources, creative mechanisms for building health care infrastructure, and build continuity and sustainability into the health care delivery system.
Harry graduated from the Latin American Medical School (based in Cuba). Since the school was founded in 1998–after Hurricane Mitch–over 3,000 medical students from 30 countries (from throughout Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean) have become doctors, and have returned to their home countries to serve their communities.
Cuba sees it as part of its international mission to dispatch doctors around the globe to the countries most in need. Approximately 30,000 are working throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Harry is now the Founder and CEO of Luagu Hatuadi Waduhenu “For the health of our People.” His goals are to raise funds to build comprehensive health care clinics and to develop sophisticated community volunteer structures to assist with all aspects of facility construction. He is doing this in spite of a lack of a government health care infrastructure.
Harry is building hope, and believes that no one person can do more than what the community can do together.
Even though work is still in progress, health care is being delivered, and there have been many achievements. There has been a reduction of the infant and maternal mortality rate. There have been scientific studies of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, and sickness from venomous snakes in Honduras. There have been education centers that address oral hygiene, intestinal parasites, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, drug addiction, STDs, and self-esteem.
Harry’s efforts have been greatly needed in Honduras, and his efforts are truly making a difference.