WITHOUT ACCESS TO QUALITY MEDICAL CARE,
DRINKING WATER CAN BE FATAL.

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A 20-Year Retrospective

For two decades, Dr. David Gaus has led Andean Health and Development to provide quality healthcare to the underserved rural poor of Ecuador. Since launching the organization in 1997 with his mentor and co-chair, the late Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, he has innovated a sustainable approach to rural health, establishing clinics, two hospitals, and a residency training program for rural doctors. The story is nothing short of inspirational.

Over two decades, we have pioneered a proven, sustainable model to deliver quality health care services to those who need them most. Our focus has been Ecuador, but our methods can work in other parts of developing Latin America.

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Winter 2017 News

Ligia delivered her magnificent, nine-pound baby boy in early November. Big babies with wide shoulders sometimes get stuck above mom’s pelvic bone and need special, rapid maneuvers from the medical team to complete the journey out – her baby was no exception to the rule, but did just fine. Then mom’s uterus did not contract. When that happens, heavy bleeding can rapidly ensue. Massages and medications frequently alleviate this, but not always. This time, nothing worked. We took Ligia to the emergency room to try to control the bleeding. Her blood pressure was lower than anything I had ever witnessed; she ultimately required an emergency hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) to save her life...

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