WHO WE ARE
U.H.M.L.A. stands for Unidad Hospitalaria Movil Latinoamerica or Latin America Mobile Hospital Unit. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that mobilizes surgeons, nurses, medical professionals, and a network of volunteers to execute medical [service] trips throughout Latin America.
Our mission and vision is to bring healthcare to Latin America where it is needed most by delivering medical and surgical care through periodic and scheduled visits to underserved areas.
We have now operated on more than 200 patients in Guatemala and Honduras, where we have established sites for repeated visits. In partnership with the Asociación Compañeros para Cirugía (ACPA) in Guatemala and Hombro a Hombro (HaH) in Honduras, we have been able to reach Mayans from the most impoverished areas in Central America. We also plan to extend our mission to South América, beginning with Ecuador and Perú. Ultimately, we envision U.H.M.L.A. to be in constant motion from country to country and ready to respond to emergencies, such as those produced by natural disasters within the region.
We believe that crossing borders to relieve suffering builds long lasting relationships amongst our doctors, Latin American doctors, and patients, fostering improved medical attention in underserved populations in Latin America.
We foresee a bright future for U.H.M.L.A. It is the U.H.M.L.A. Board's hope to eventually develop a caravan-type service to be able to provide efficient and swift relief to many communities in Central and South America, especially emergency relief. Follow U.H.M.L.A. as we grow our organization and please contact us if you'd like to get involved!