The idea for the Microscope Exchange grew from our experiences working with a clinic in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala, where we helped establish a simple microbiology lab based around the donation of a single microscope.
Over the course of several visits, we provided lab training, solicited and provided additional supplies, and left funds to pay a part-time laboratory technician. We expanded the clinic’s ability to complete:
- Wet mounts
- Gram stains
- Peripheral blood smears
- Various other simple diagnostics