Urine Testing Machine loaned from the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala

April 2019:  Moonie King, President of the Tepehua Board of the Directors, approached us to offer us a urine testing machine.  Two of the Brigadista Leaders (and Anita) took the training from Nurse Olga at Tepehua.  

Dr. Carlos in Chapala initially helped by checking the results for us. 

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The test results have to be reviewed by a doctor or nurse, to determine the results.  Some people tested positive for bladder infections and were prescribed antibiotics, (if left untreated can cause renal problems), and other people were referred to doctors for follow-up.
We are most grateful to the Tepehua Community Centre for loaning this machine to the Brigada and for their support in providing start up supplies.  (Gloves, testing bottles and testing strips.) 


We were most grateful to Lake Chapala Charities and some private donors, for funding more test strips and testing containers, in November 2019.


But for ongoing testing, we do need financial assistance in purchasing further supplies, so if you could like to help, please contact us!

These are the testing numbers from 2019:
  • March - 46 tests
  • April - 27 tests
  • May - 40 tests
  • June - 30 tests
  • July - 45 tests
  • October - 50 tests
  • December - 38 tests
Total 237 tests.
In 2019, 18 people died of renal failure in the San Pedro Itzicán area.  One child was only 8 years of age, and the oldest was 28 years of age.  Early detection will help but not everyone will take the simple tests.  
The Brigada office provides this service as a community service free of charge.