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2016
Prevention & Education Mission (CKD Screening)
February | Trifinio | Partner: University of Colorado Global Health
Provided CKD screenings to 886 agricultural workers from the local Banasa Banana Plantation. All participants who were identified as high-risk for CKD were referred to local partner, FunSalud Clinic, for additional follow-up and care.
AV Fistula Surgical Mission
November | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Provided AV fistula surgeries for 21 local patients at Theodore Roosevelt Hospital with the help of several surgical volunteers and trained 35 local staff on AV fistula creation and post-operative patient care.
Primary Care Mission
December | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Provided 48 local kidney donors with primary care consultations from physicians, social workers and dietitians and educational information on preventing kidney disease and promoting good kidney health. BOL’s team also trained eight local staff on patient cardio-respiratory arrest and other patient care topics.

2015
Prevention & Education Mission (CKD Screening)
March | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Provided CKD screenings and prevention and education information, screening a total of 191 individuals during World Kidney Day.
AV Fistula Surgical Mission
September | Guatemala City & Antigua | Partner: Fundanier
Provided training on AV fistula creation and care to eight Fundanier staff members in Guatemala City and evaluated 17 patients to provide recommendations on AV fistula use and care. BOL’s team also presented to approximately 70 patient care technicians and students in Antigua, speaking on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and associated non-infectious complications. BOL also provided AV fistula surgeries for 18 local patients at Theodore Roosevelt Hospital with the help of several surgical volunteers and trained local staff on AV fistula creation.
Primary Care Mission
December | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Provided 41 local kidney donors with primary care consultations from physicians, social workers and dietitians and educational information on preventing kidney disease and promoting good kidney health.

2014
Prevention & Education Mission (CKD Screening)
Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Helped to identify children living in impoverished city communities who might be at risk for CKD, offering necessary prevention and education tools to help them avoid renal failure. 475 children from the Tierra Nueva community were screened for CKD, and 197 of those screened were referred for additional testing. 15 children were identified as showing significant signs of kidney impairment during additional screenings and were referred to local specialists for follow-up care.

2012
Prevention & Education Mission (CKD Screening)
May | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Assisted Fundanier in hosting the largest chronic kidney disease (CKD) screening held in Latin America. 535 children were screened, and all children identified with kidney-related abnormalities were referred for follow-up treatment and care, including any necessary surgery. Results from the screening are now being used to develop a national kidney disease intervention program that will help local pediatricians and nephrologists reach children with kidney complications before developing end-stage renal disease.
In-Country Dialysis Training Mission
August | Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Assisted with a Fundanier-led dialysis technician training program. 75 people were expected to attend, but over 135 locals participated in the program.

2011
Dialysis Capacity Mission
San Felipe | Partner: National Hospital Pedro de Betancourt
Helped to establish a new four-station acute dialysis unit at the hospital.

2010
Dialysis Capacity Follow-Up Mission
Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Installed six refurbished dialysis machines at Fundanier, helping to upgrade the clinic and expand dialysis services. By 2011, Fundanier completed all upgrades and expansion, and Bridge of Life (BOL) returned to assist during the clinic’s grand opening for expanded nephrology services.

2009
Dialysis Capacity Mission
Guatemala City | Partner: Fundanier
Helped to establish the only pediatric dialysis clinic in the country located at Theodore Roosevelt Hospital.