GlobeMed at Loyola partners with Jambi Huasi in Otavalo, Ecuador to support maternal and child health and to advocate for indigenous rights.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Loyola
Founded in 2008, GlobeMed at Loyola University Chicago works with an Ecuadorian health organization, Jambi Huasi, to support their efforts in improving primary health care services for the local people through an intercultural model of health. GlobeMed at Loyola is currently in the third year of their partnership with Jambi Huasi and we will continue to support their efforts to eliminate health disparities faced by the indigenous people of Otavalo, Ecuador and their surrounding communities.
Our Partner // Fundación de Medicina Alternativa Jambi Huasi, Area de Salud de la FICI. (Federación Indígena y Capesina de Imbabura)
Jambi Huasi, which means “House of Health” in the indigenous language of Quechua, is a primary care clinic founded in 1984 in Otavalo, Ecuador. The clinic was founded by an indigenous group of individuals belonging to an organization known as FICI (Federación Indígena y Capesina de Imbabura) who were fighting for indigenous rights to healthcare in a nation plagued by racism as a result of Spanish colonization of Ecuador centuries before. In an effort to create a space where indigenous individuals feel comfortable seeking healthcare, Jambi Huasi implemented an intercultural model of health through which they combine both indigenous and Western medical practices.
Our Project // $10,000 to train midwives and provide health education to the indigenous communities in Otavalo.
In 2011, Jambi Huasi began a Midwife Training Program to address the maternal health disparities that exist in Ecuador. This program provides formal health education to midwives already working in local communities who have previously been trained in indigenous practices.
Community visits consist of two parts. The first is health visits where indigenous people in the communities can be seen by a medical professional. The second is educational visits where Jambi Huasi provides health education in the indigenous schools, with a specific focus on sexual health.
This year, Jambi Huasi is pioneering two income-generating projects. The first is to offer a new service, "Banos de Cajon," which is similar to a spa treatment. The second is to open a small gift shop within the clinic.
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