The Extended Care Program was developed for children whose medical needs go beyond care provided by field clinics. Children referred to this program suffer from cardiac defects, neurological disorders, cleft lip and cleft palates, clubfoot, and other defects and illnesses. Care is provided through FOB’s Barnabas House and also through a network of partner organizations.
Referrals to ECP are generated from Mountain Medical Teams as well as NGOs, hospitals, and agencies throughout Honduras. Partner facilities with various medical specialties are utilized whenever possible and children enrolled in the ECP are provided with patient case management; home visits by FOB’s physician and nurses; transportation to appointments with specialists and hospitals throughout Honduras; medications and medical equipment; and treatments and surgeries deemed necessary.
Educational workshops for parents and caregivers of special needs populations are held through the Extended Care Program, such as coping with neurological disorders, palliative care, nutrition, support for families of children with Down’s syndrome, and medication safety and administration.
Friends of Barnabas partners with other nonprofits working in Honduras that sponsor surgical teams, by providing pre-op, post-op, and follow up care to children in need. Rather than trying to duplicate services, collaborating in this way allows Friends of Barnabas to maximize our resources, while building relationships with other great organizations in country, which in turn allows all of us to help more children in need. We partner with organizations to support cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries, neurological surgeries, and others.