Andean Health and Development and its Ecuadorian counterpart named Saludesa currently operate within two hospitals in Ecuador – Hospital Pedro Vicente Maldonado (PVM) and Hospital La Maná. These two hospitals represent two distinct training strategies – one, a strategy that produces personnel to work in rural hospitals (public or private); the other, an experiment to interact directly in a Ministry of Health (MOH) hospital. For the past year, AHD has focused its attention on long-term change in Latin America by training Ecuadorian physicians, nurses, and administrators. Hospital PVM has trained 6 residents this year and will train another 6 every year to come.
Andean Health and Development already has a strong relationship with a local medical school, the Catholic University of Ecuador. From Quito, medical residents come to Hospital PVM to master medicine within the rural hospital context. A similar partnership for our nurses exists with Universidad Luís Vargas Torres in the community of La Concordia. AHD invites the best of the best from these universities to participate in this residency and nursing program through a highly competitive process. Once the students, residents, and nurses have graduated from the program, they join the Andean Health Graduate Network, a community of elite, rural hospital experts whose mission is to perpetuate the original AHD model and to exercise the best practices learned at each future facility they work in.
Watch the video below to learn about Monica and her child’s experience with Andean Health & Development.