Construction begins: Early 2016
Target completion: Fall 2017
Cost: Approximately $2 million – funded through the generous donors of Humanity First.
Location: Santa María Cauqué, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala (on the Pan American Highway)
Size: 20000 square feet
The Nasir Hospital project aims to strengthen and expand Humanity First’s vision of providing medical services to underserved communities in need. Dedicated to providing equitable access to health care for Guatemalans, the establishment of this hospital will allow Humanity First to serve both the short-term and long-term health care needs of the local Guatemalan communities.
The hospital structure will house a 22-bed inpatient unit, adjacent to a surgical zone, which will include a maternal and prenatal ward. The remainder of the building will house outpatient services, which offers the opportunity for Humanity First to expand their preventive and clinical services. Previously serving local community members through make-shift medical and surgical clinics, Nasir Hospital will now allow Humanity First to provide this care in a high quality and consistent manner.
Nasir Hospital will be a 24/7 emergency and surgical obstetrical care facility. Humanity First hospital staff will be made up of local physicians, nurses, and administrators who will work hand-in-hand with our international volunteer base of more than 400 physicians worldwide to bring quality care to the community. Overall, the program and operational goal of the project specifically focuses on an efficient delivery model, with an emphasis on equitable access to healthcare for all Guatemalans.
Nasir hospital has been named in memory of His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, and the Third Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He traveled to Africa in 1970 and he witnessed firsthand, the needs of the African people during his travels across the continent. Inspired by the moving experiences during his visit, His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, established the Nusrat Jehan initiative. The aim of this initiative was to establish schools, hospitals and clinics, often in remote areas where such facilities were unavailable. As of 2014, the scheme had established 670 schools and 37 hospitals in 13 countries. Guided by his vision, Humanity First aims to make Nasir Hospital the first of many facilities to be established in Latin America.