Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. The Secretariat of Social Works of the President’s Wife -SOSEP- has benefited more than 14,500 people through the Social Service program during the current administration.
According to Sara Eugenia López, Secretary of SOSEP, “115 medical days were organized in 2022 and 2023, benefiting more than 14,500 people living in poverty or extreme poverty.”
These actions comply with the Social Development pillar established in President Alejandro Giammattei’s General Government Policy 2020–2024.
About the Medical Help
SOSEP’s medical assistance days aim to help people facing different health complications. These medical days provide medical care, free medicines, orthopedic products, and donations of wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes.
The Ministry of Health and Social Assistance coordinates these actions with the support of the health centers and medical and nursing staff.
Cuban physician brigades and private physicians support the SOSEP’s social programs. The entity also takes steps to obtain medicines through donations from private and non-governmental institutions.
SOSEP’s Social Service program donated internal prostheses to people living in poverty and extreme poverty at approximately USD 1,600 each in coordination with the Guatemalan-American Foundation for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery -Fundaorto-, which assumed the operating costs.
Adult and child wheelchairs, canes, adult and child diapers, walkers, and crutches were also purchased to be delivered to people in poverty or extreme poverty.
The SOSEP’s Social Service Department oversees the medical assistance days. The secretary focuses the coverage on the municipalities with a high index of poverty and extreme poverty.
The Social Service Department takes care of the requests from the registered beneficiaries. The beneficiaries receive assistance from health centers and different government institutions.