Comayagua, Honduras

The St. Benedict Joseph Medical Center (SBJ) is a joint effort of Light of the World Charities and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and is placed under the authority of the Catholic Diocese of Comayagua. The final design is a two story facility that includes consult rooms, a critical care room, a pharmacy, 4 operating rooms, separate pre-op & recovery areas, a birthing area, several patient rooms, a chapel and classrooms.

This non-profit medical facility provides much needed medical and surgical assistance exclusively for the poor. The Center hosts visiting surgical teams who offer their services free of charge to the poor. SBJ has four operating rooms and all the basic services of a surgical suite from pre-op to recovery. It also provides support services such as consult rooms, a clinical lab, a pharmacy and patient rooms for short-term observation after surgery.

When not hosting visiting medical teams, SBJ functions as a free basic health clinic serving approximately 1000 patients monthly. When possible, it will offer prenatal care and birthing services for low-risk, non-emergency pregnancies.

Those We Serve

  • Families with income of less than $200 per month
  • Single mothers and their children
  • Senior citizens with no family support
  • The homeless, handicapped, and mentally ill
  • Residents of homes for children, youth, and the elderly
  • Manual laborers without professional degrees or titles
  • The malnourished, undernourished, abused and neglected
  • Those who lack adequate housing
  • Those who live in remote rural areas, engage in sustenance farming for survival, and members of indigenous tribes

Common Illnesses, Conditions and Health Risks

  • Respiratory Problems
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Insect-borne Diseases
  • Crippling Burn Scars
  • Parasites
  • Cataracts and Vision Problems
  • Malnutrition and Vitamin Deficiency
  • Urological Difficulties
  • Women’s Health Concerns
  • Hernias and Goiters
  • Skin Conditions
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Death
  • Infant Mortality