Published May 12, 2016
Tia uses a ‘teach them to fish’ model to train and equip villagers, who live hours from the nearest doctor. They learn to deliver babies, treat diabetes, handle first aid cases and most importantly, how to tackle their problems together, as an organized community. Our model is sustainable because the local governments commit to resupply the Tia medical kits and provide continuing education.
Thanks to generous donors, like the Ingebritson, Armstrong, Libman and Pakis families, Tia now serves almost 150,000 people for less than $5 a person, including overhead.
Published July 20, 2016
Bertha Alicia Lopez, the President of DIF (Family & Social Services) in Tuxcueca is practicing injections on an orange before attempting it on a live person. An orange is much less intimidating for a first stab. She and her classmates passed this exercise on their exams with flying colors. Tia’s next stop will be in La Manzanilla de La Paz in September. We hope to stop by and say hello to our Promotores and friends in Tizapan El Alto and Tuxcueca while we are in the area.
Published June 21, 2016
A physician’s grade stethoscope and baumanometer (blood pressure cuff) are just two of many items Tia’s Promotores find in their medical kits. There are also prenatal vitamins, IV solutions and setup equipment, syringes, bandages, medicines to treat a wide variety of ailments and emergencies, and a glucometer with plenty of lancets and testing strips. Each kit is customized for the specific needs of that zone and are valued at around $2,000 retail. Our Volunteer Expedition Adventurers help us put them together before each project, so they get to see first-hand all the lifesaving contents.
Published June 13, 2016
Maria Guadalupe and Sirenia are pictured here, right after each received their diplomas. These two women had perfect attendance and passed their difficult examinations under trying circumstances. The courses were held in the Casa Ejidal and it was quite hot and humid in the afternoon. No matter. The students and the brigade members braved the heat and carried on with their course.
Published June 12, 2016
Here is one of our graduates at the graduation fiesta with his little girl. His wife and daughter came to the ceremony and celebration afterward. You can see the framed diploma, the manual “Donde No Hay Doctor” (Where There Is No Doctor), a large bag with IV solution and other items, and below it, the medical kit with an orange handle. We had 51 graduates so now we have a total of 427 Promotores serving around 150,000 people in rural Mexico. We had quite a large spread of food, prepared by the Promotores, for the party.
Published June 10, 2016
Until yesterday, our Promotores had to learn childbirth techniques through PowerPoint slides and lectures. We recently invested in a birthing manikin so the Promotores could learn midwifery in a more realistic way. The manikin allows them to experience breech, cord wrap presentations, as well as how to deliver twins and what to do if the entire placenta does not deliver. We had a crowd of fascinated students surrounding each practice. The EMTs, ambulance personnel, police and the other Promotores each got at least one turn delivering a baby.
Published June 9, 2016
Katie Smith, Tia’s first VEA (Volunteer Expedition Adventurer), has not wasted a moment of her time with us. Last weekend, she counted gloves, masks and syringes, then assembled our medical kits. This week, she assisted the brigade with their free consultations in the villages, even digging into her own pocket to buy them water, gatorade and snacks. This week has been very hot and humid. She has participated in our Promotores training course, both as a student and as ‘patient’ for them to practice on. She’s learned CPR, how to give injections, as well as bandaging. Today, she will learn midwifery, using the new birthing manikin Tia was able to purchase, thanks to our generous donors. We couldn’t ask for a more energetic and motivated VEA than Katie!