The Guadalajara Reporter recently ran a story covering CEDEJO's critical need to secure funding for CEDEJO's mobile medical van. Two volunteers (Linda & Carol) recently successfully raised enough funds to keep the clinic mobile through December 2015. If you'd like to contribute to funding to keep the mobile van running through 2016, please consider making a donation today through the CEDEJO's donation page or through the2016 Campaign to Save the Mobile Health Clinic.
Health Van's Future in Doubt
By GR staff
The future of a mobile health van that serves seven economically-challenged communities on Lake Chapala’s north shore is hanging in the balance after financial funding for the service was curtailed.
The Centro de Desarrollo Jocotepec (Cedejo) van takes nurse and midwife Sylvia Flores and her team to villages such as San Juan Cosala, Mezcala and San Nicolas to attend specifically to the health needs of women. Services the team provides include family planning counseling, breast cancer screening, pap smears and general educational advice.
The center was dealt a massive blow when significant donations from U.S. and Canadian Rotary clubs – partnering with the Rotary Club of Ajijic – were diverted from the health van service and pledged toward the building of a much-needed health clinic in the Chapala neighborhood of Tepehua.
Flores says she is working to obtain new funding through grants and seeking Jalisco government and corporate support. She is also researching the possibility of aligning with another community service organization.
A grass roots group has formed to help keep the mobile health van on the road. While 20,000 pesos a month is an enormous amount from one donor, Flores says 40 committed people donating US$30 a month for a year should be enough to allow the visits to the seven needy communities to continue.
As an immediate stop-gap measure, donations are needed to fund the driver, nurse practitioner, nurse, van and equipment and supply maintenance, diesel fuel and costs of lab tests.
To donate or to learn more about this meaningful outreach program, go to cedejo.org/about and click the donations button. Those with suggestions of avenues to explore for additional funding are urged to visit the Cedejo office at Ocampo 45A in Ajijic or call (376) 766-1679.
Give to the 2016 Campaign to Save the Mobile Health Clinic
Sylvia Flores, directora del El CENTRO DE DESARROLLO JOCOTEPEC A.C en conjunto con la enfermera titulada Olga Lara y la UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA están realizando un programa de salud para las mujeres en la que todos los domingos, nueve mujeres de las comunidades de bajos recursos de la Ribera de Chapala, son transportadas en la unidad móvil de CEDEJO al centro de salud en Guadalajara donde les son realizados ultrasonidos y mamografías por el costo de 50 pesos.
Mujeres cabezas de familia o trabajadoras que logran ganar 40 pesos la hora tendrían que invertir gran parte de su esfuerzo en obtener estos exámenes en Chapala cuyo costo oscila entre 450 y 500 pesos.
Hasta la fecha, mujeres de comunidades como San Juan Cosalá, Tlachichilco y Tepehua han gozado de éste servicio y próximamente se incluirán las comunidades de San Juan Tecomatlán, San Nicolás de Ibarra y Santa Cruz de la Soledad.
"MOBILE HEALTH" PROJECT FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN OF Ribera de Chapala
Sylvia Flores, director of the CEDEJO in collaboration with the nurse Olga Lara and the Autonomous University are carrying out a health program for women in which every Sunday nine women in low-income communities in Ribera de Chapala are transported in the mobile health unit to the health center in Guadalajara where they receive ultrasound and mammography for the cost of 50 pesos.
Women working to support their families and who likely earn an average of 40 pesos an hour would have to invest between 450 and 500 pesos to get these tests done in Chapala.
To date, women from communities like San Juan Cosala, Tlachichilco and Tepehua have enjoyed this service and soon the communities of San Juan Tecomatlán, San Nicolas de Ibarra and Santa Cruz de la Soledad will be included.
Photo credits: Harvey Bernier