Our Story

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