In rural areas, residents have little access to health care. Because of this, local health houses (Casas de Salud) were built and run in nearby communities. Unfortunately, funding to support these important projects ran out, and the government in recent years has also failed to support rural health care. For that reason, many of the local Health Houses have been closed, even as public hospitals and clinics in cities nationwide have also experienced grave funding cuts.
In 2015, a former student at the Mountain School offered to provide support so that the community in Fátima could open their health house once again for a few afternoons each week. A trained health technician sees patients. Patients can check their blood pressure, weigh and measure their children, get diagnosed for common illnesses, and purchase common medicines at reduced prices.
Additional donations to Community Health helps build the supply of medicines, provide community talks on subject such as hygiene, nutrition, and prenatal care. If you would like to donate to this project, click here.