OUR COMMUNITIES: GUANGAJE, ECUADOR
Located in the region of Cotopaxi, Guangaje is home to approximately 7,000 people. Situated 12,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Ecuador, Guangaje is surrounded by 37 remote villages, whose inhabitants are almost entirely indigenous.
Currently, TGH is working with the onsite staff at the Centro de Salud de Guangaje; comprised of permanent and rotating staff; including an Assistant Nurse, a Gynecologist, an Odontologist (Dentist), a Physician, and four Medical Technicians. Due to understaffing in the local public hospitals, TGH staff is working to create a network of private specialists in Latacunga and Pujili to carry out referrals.
OUR PARTNER: MINISTRY OF HEALTH
The Ministry of Health of Ecuador has established and continues to establish Health Centers in all areas of the country that have sufficient population to merit a Health Center with the aim of providing free healthcare to all Ecuadorian citizens.
In Guangaje, the current health center, previously a home for Catholic Italian missionaries, was made into a health center primarily funded by the European Union. The new Plan of Good Living (Plan del Buen Vivir), which features health as fundamental priority in development and wellbeing, has restructured how health care is provided in the Ministry of Health by implementing the Model of Comprehensive Health Care (Modelo de Atencion Integral de Salud-MAIS). MAIS guarantees that health reaches the total population with a focus on community, family, pluriculturalism, and gender by taking health services to homes and the community; and not just in the health centers.