Rural Ecuadorian populations face a wide range of health care issues rooted in social, economic, and political determinants. A major issue for rural populations is the relative lack of access to high quality, reliable health care. Outpatient facilities are inaccessible and the nearest hospitals are typically hours away in major cities, forcing sick villagers to overcome geographic, economic, and cultural barriers to seek care. Those who are willing and able to pay for health services would greatly prefer to receive quality care in their own community if such facilities were available to them.

Primary Healthcare as a strategy has accomplished much in Ecuador. Nevertheless, women continue to suffer and often die from pregnancy complications. Children continue to die at an alarming rate from infectious diseases. Illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis, now more common because of an aging population, are not treated appropriately because most health professionals do not have the capacity to manage these chronic maladies in the rural setting. Only 15% of doctors in Ecuador have residency training, and the vast majority of these physicians live and work in the two major cities.

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2019 Andean Health Bike Ride

For eight years, a group of people who are passionate about the humanitarian work of Andean Heath have gotten together annually to learn of the progress of AHD’s work in Ecuador while doing something that they love: cycling!

This year the group ventures to Crater Lake and the Oregon Cascades to ride some spectacular routes, all the while helping raise money and awareness for Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. Please visit our Donate page to support the campaign of one of these riders! All donations go straight to our programs at Hesburgh Hospital. Thank you!

2019 Riders: Greg Allen, Jane Allen, Mike Allen, Hahns Burg, Dave Cutler, Laura Dries, Jim Dunn, Pat English, Rachel English, David Gaus, Alan Gianotti, Mike Heisler, Judy Jesiolowski, Phil Kalamaros, Mike Roemer, Tom Rolfs, Matt Rudolf, David Stein, David Thompson, and Mike Whyte

Donate to the 2019 Bike Ride

Select Bike Ride under "Special Designation" and enter the rider's name under "Comments," or send a check with the rider's name in the memo to Andean Health, 1100 Delaplaine Ct., Madison, 53715. Thank you!

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