OUR COMMUNITIES: SANTO DOMINGO, ECUADOR
The city of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas was officially established in 1899. Urban development caused a rapid increase in population as migrants moved to the area looking for work. The rapid population growth was more than the government could handle at the time, and still today government public works and social services programs cannot fully meet the needs of the city’s inhabitants. With a population size of nearly 300,000, Santo Domingo is the fourth largest city in Ecuador—but it only has one public hospital available to its inhabitants.
OUR PARTNER: CENTRO DE SALUD HOMBRO A HOMBRO
Timmy’s programming in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas is supported by the Centro de Salud Hombro a Hombro (CSHH), a local clinic that was established in 2007. The facility has three medical exam rooms, a dental room with a dental chair, an office, and a pharmacy. Despite the modest size of the clinic, CSHH serves about 20,000 patients from the barrios (poor urban neighborhoods) each year. CSHH also supports a number of community health projects—including a partnership with area schools that help receive regular well checks, much-needed lab exams, and health education workshops.
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