Pioneered by Dr. Gaus
Dr. David Gaus is the founder of AHD and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1994.
David grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Notre Dame where he received an accounting degree in 1984. After a soul-searching conversation with then University President, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, David traveled to Ecuador where he spent two years volunteering at an orphanage. There he witnessed the marginalization of a population of mostly women and children who lacked access to even basic health services.View Dr. Gaus’s Full Bio
Championed by Fr. Hesburgh
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh (1917-2015) is the Founding Chair of Andean Health & Development. As the longest standing President of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. Ted was a mentor to many, including Dr. David Gaus whom he encouraged to pursue a life dedicated to the people of rural Ecuador.
Fr. Hesburgh remained involved with Andean Health & Development until his death in 2015. His humanitarian legacy lives on through Hesburgh Hospital in rural Ecuador.
Fr. Hesburgh’s inspiring career and his role on the civil rights commission is highlighted in the documentary Hesburgh, which is available for purchase and on streaming. The Hesburgh family designated Andean Health as the recipient of the film’s proceeds.
Operated and Sustained by Ecuadorians
Andean Health & Development’s healthcare system is staffed with 100% local Ecuadorians, and 75% of its employees are women.
We work with and for the communities we serve. We do not operate a parallel system to the public one; instead we believe that working within the existing system is the only way to transform it.Learn More
Supported by you
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. We are also investing funds raised in the U.S. into the “Andean Health Institute,” which is housing research and sharing lessons learned with the greater global health community.
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Advisory Board & Management
Our Advisory Board is composed of business, academic, and scientific leaders across U.S. and Ecuador.
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