Andean Health & Development

Andean Health and Development (AHD), a 501(c)3 non-profit, proposes to improve the health of rural poor throughout Latin America. It all started in 1997 when David Gaus moved to Ecuador to introduce high quality primary healthcare. Instead he found that small hospitals to complement an already existing primary healthcare infrastructure were the missing piece. Gaus and AHD built Hospital PVM and within six years solved many of the challenges facing small hospitals like this all over the developing world. They learned how to provide great care employing and training only local Ecuadorians. They figured how to pay for all hospital operations using in-country financing strategies, principally through an innovative, unprecedented contract with Ecuador’s national social security system. They accomplished this by turning away no one at the front door in a community where the average monthly income for a family is about $200. They learned how to form partnerships with the public system, introducing the beginning of a public/private provider network…

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Andean Health & Development
UW Department of Family Medicine
1100 Delaplaine Ct.
Madison, WI 53715

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