2018 Andean Health Bike Ride

18 intrepid cyclists will ride either 4 or 7 days through Zion National Park July 7-13 to raise funds and awareness for Andean Health & Development.  Here is what the riders of the Andean Health Cycling Team have accomplished over the past seven years:
~ 43,284 miles covered
~ 7 years, 15 states or provinces traversed
~ $1,565,570 raised
Please donate to the ride by visiting this webpage.
100% of donations go to Andean Health & Development and to bringing Hesburgh Hospital to full financial self-sustainability.

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Spring 2018 News

A Chinese immigrant carried his daughter into Hesburgh Hospital’s Emergency Room in mid-January. She had some cognitive delays and severe scoliosis, and now she was suffering extreme respiratory difficulty. We diagnosed influenza with pneumonia as a complication. She went downhill very fast and sadly died in the ICU within two hours of coming to the ER. Influenza is a concerning public health threat in the U.S., as you all know. It is generally a wintertime virus due, in part, to the concentration of people in warm, enclosed areas. Because the southern hemisphere’s winter falls during the U.S.’s summertime...

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

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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An article by the Notre Dame Alumni Association

As a senior, David Gaus ’84 had a crisis moment when he realized he didn’t want to be an accountant. So he did what any sensible Notre Dame student would do, and scheduled a meeting with Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the University’s president. It led to a service opportunity in Ecuador and ultimately put him on the path to where he is today: training self-sufficient physicians to serve patients in rural communities across the country...

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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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A 20-Year Journey

As Andean Health & Development celebrates 20 years of high quality health care to the poorest of the poor in rural Ecuador, we invite you to take a look back.

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Fall 2017 News

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AHD in the News

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What Would you Fight For?

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Father Ted's 100th Bday

Today would have been Rev. Theodore Hesburgh’s 100th birthday. Most of you know of Fr. Ted’s considerable impact on American civil rights and immigration, his counsel to Presidents and Popes, and his commitment to Catholic higher education. I’d like to share his impact on this small corner of the planet here in the Andes Mountains…

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Spring 2017 News

Mosquitoes are a real problem for people in tropical climates all over the world, including the region we serve in tropical Ecuador. They come in many different brands, shapes and sizes.

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2017 Bike Ride

Join the Andean Health Cycling Team on the “LAKE MICHIGAN 500” in celebrating AHD’s 20th anniversary.

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