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 August 24, 2016
Little darlings like this one get more than great quality, free care when Tia and their UVM brigade show up. Her mama gets free care too and our Promotoras are there for them both throughout their lives thereafter. They give her mama advice on child care and take care of the whole family when they are sick, administer vaccinations and are on hand to assist when this little darling’s mama delivers a sibling. Our Promotoras will teach her abuelita (grandma) how to manage her high blood pressure and our tireless Health Workers will clean and bandage the family’s cuts and alert them immediately if they need escalated care.
Little darlings like these are very lucky and Tia wants to reach many more of them. Thank you for helping us do just that!
Published July 27, 2016
Free consultations were given by the UVM brigade on our first day in the Municipality of Tuxcueca, Jalisco in the little town of Las Cebollas (The Onions), very far off the beaten path. This picture is taken in the town square, next to the elementary school. Our Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) doctors endured the intense heat and humidity each day of this project, in places where there is no air conditioning and often no electricity. Just when the medicos thought we had covered every patient in town, school let out, and many parents brought their children for free care too. Lots of Tia Promotores (community health workers) in training, turned up to lend a hand at the consultations.
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.