Andean Health & Development (AHD), a U.S. based 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in 1995 by Dr. David Gaus and Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, to establish models of self-sustainable, comprehensive health care in poor, rural areas of Latin America where there are high risk populations of women and children. Saludesa is the foundation established in Ecuador by AHD in 1997 to carry out the work of AHD in Ecuador.
After graduating from Notre Dame in 1984, David Gaus went to live in rural Ecuador to work with the suffering poor. He was astonished with the lack of even the most basic medical services, resulting in untold suffering and needless deaths [...]