We raise funds to bring our hospitals and residency programs to full operation and financial self-sufficiency and to cover indigent care until surpluses are high enough to cover our poorest patients.

Join the Hesburgh Legacy Society

Join a community of AHD donors and board members in the “Hesburgh Legacy Society” by including Andean Health in your will and estate.

For 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 73, the government requires you to take annual distributions from your retirement account. Up to $105,000 of your annual RMD from IRAs may be distributed directly to charity, enabling you to avoid paying income taxes on that amount. 

Contribute to our Endowment

As part of a long-term strategy for organizational sustainability, the AHD Advisory Board established an endowment to fund lasting intergenerational impact for rural Ecuador.

Historically, our small organization has sustained operations year to year and donation to donation. Please continue to prioritize giving to our annual operations, but if you can make an additional gift, contact to learn how to support our endowment efforts.

And as you prepare your own legacy, we ask you to consider including a gift to Andean Health & Development in your estate plans. Your generosity will support our vital mission of providing quality, sustainable health care for Ecuador’s underserved for generations to come.

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.

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!

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. Update Sep. 2023: The State Department has issued a travel advisory for Santo Domingo. We currently are not hosting visitors from the U.S.

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.


Spring News 2024

55-year-old Marta has chronic kidney disease related to diabetes and hypertension. She has received hemodialysis a few times a week for the past year but missed a week of dialysis. Short of breath, she went to one of Ecuador’s public health centers outside of the small, coastal town of Quevedo.

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