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.

Planned Giving

Bequests and gifts by beneficiary designation left to AHD are a critical source of funding for the future. We hope you will tell us if you have remembered AHD in your plans, though you are in no way obligated to do so.

If you have decided to make a bequest to Andean Health and Development, please use the following language in your will:

“I give and bequeath ____ (dollar amount, percentage of residuary estate, etc.) to Andean Health and Development, Inc. (Federal Tax I.D.
39-1809174), located in Madison, WI.”

If you have questions about planned giving, please contact Thank you.

Stock Transfers & RMDs

Stock Donations. If you donate stock that has increased in value since you bought it more than a year ago, you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you donate. You’ll also avoid capital-gains taxes on the increase in value over time.

Required minimum distribution (RMD). If you are over the age of 70 ½, the government requires you to take annual distributions from your retirement account. Up to a certain amount, these distributions may be made tax-free as long as they are directed to a 501(c)(3) organization, such as Andean Health. Up to $100,000 of your annual RMD from IRAs may be distributed directly to charity, enabling you to avoid paying income taxes on that amount. 

Read the Book

Pick up a copy of Long Road from Quito, the inspiring story of Dr. Gaus and AHD, through University of Notre Dame Press or on Amazon.

Spread the Word

You can help build awareness for Andean Health’s work by hosting a fundraising event in your home or a speaking engagement for Dr. Gaus. Consider reading the book about AHD, Long Road from Quito.  You can also follow us and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter. Please encourage your friends and family to participate in AHD’s events. Please contact to learn more.

Elective for Medical Students

Because our model empowers local staff, we do not have a way to utilize US volunteers at our hospitals. Unfortunately, we do not have opportunities for high school or undergraduate students at this time.

Spanish-speaking fourth year medical students and residents may participate in AHD’s month-long elective (cost is $1,500, plus room and board) in Ecuador. Please contact for more info.

Conduct Research with Us

Our research agenda is ambitious and broad, focusing on public health issues that face our communities. We emphasize quantitative as well as qualitative research. Our partners include The University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute, The University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute, Bellarmine University’s Department of Anthropology, and The Catholic University of Ecuador.

Our areas of research have focused on:

• Vector biology (mosquitos and arboviral infections)
• Tropical disease
• Antimicrobial resistance patterns
• Various aspects of COVID-19
• Mental health
• Medical anthropology
• Medical education

Our hospital in Santo Domingo has a full microbiology laboratory with PCR capability and -80 freezer. Our communities served by our healthcare systems are subtropical and tropical on the western slopes of the Andes. One community has 70,000 members and the other more than 400,000.

We also write medical manuals and attempt to introduce contextualized best practices in a challenging clinical environment. For example, we have treatment protocols established that our medical ICU utilizes. Our electronic medical record facilitates the use of protocols and allows for ongoing monitoring in real time.

Do you have a research idea? Let us know. Email We would be happy to discuss!


Spring 2022 News

We had a census of 50 hospitalized patients at Hesburgh Hospital in February: a new milestone. Where did they come from? Most came from Ecuador’s ministry of public health and social security systems.

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