We raise funds to bring Hesburgh Hospital and our residency programs to full operation and financial self-sufficiency and to cover indigent care until surpluses are high enough to cover our poorest patients.

Planned Giving

Bequests and gifts by beneficiary designation left to AHD are a critical source of funding for the future. You are in no way obligated to do so, but we hope you will tell us if you have remembered AHD in your plans.

If you have decided to make a bequest to Andean Health and Development, please use the following language in your will:

“I give and bequeath ____ (dollar amount, percentage of residuary estate, etc.) to Andean Health and Development, Inc. (Federal Tax I.D.
39-1809174), located in Madison, WI.”

If you have questions about planned giving, please contact Thank you.

Spread the Word

You can help build awareness for Andean Health’s work by hosting a fundraising event in your home or a speaking engagement for Dr. Gaus. You can follow us and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter. Please encourage your friends and family to participate in AHD’s events. Please contact to learn more.

Medical Elective

Because our model empowers local staff, we do not have a way to utilize US volunteers at our hospitals. We do not have opportunities for high school or undergraduate students.

Spanish-speaking fourth year medical students and residents may participate in AHD’s month-long elective (cost is $1,500, plus room and board) in Ecuador. Please contact for more info.


Breakthrough Maternal/Child Health Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities

As you all know, we’ve spent two decades working to improve medical care for Ecuador’s rural poor. And recently, this work and commitment earned a $1.5 million grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). This remarkable award validates the hard work of everyone in this organization, specifically because Andean Health is one of only four organizations to receive one of these prized global grants. This grant will help us specifically address maternal and newborn health services in Santo Domingo and the surrounding provinces.

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This is Vanesa, the very first baby born in the new RMHC maternal/child health program at Hesburgh Hospital.