Fighting Disease and Growing Local Economies
Preventing Diabetic Blindness 2008 – 2009
- Retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and the leading cause of blindness in adults in Mexico.
- Annual exams are necessary for detection and prevention.
- This program has saved the vision of hundreds of persons who otherwise would be blind today.
- The Mexican Secretary of Health is using Rotary’s model to duplicate these achievement in the other eight health districts of Guanajuato State.
- Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of San Miguel de Allende (our sister Club which founded us; a Spanish-speaking Club), Tallahassee, Florida, and St. Francisville, Louisiana for their contributions of their time, talent, and treasure to this ongoing success.
Manufacturing Ecocina Stoves – 2012 – 2013
- Health issues like respiratory ailments, eye problems and burns caused by exposure to open fires were major problems in rural San Miguel.
- We facilitated the production and distribution of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient stoves to solve both medical and environmental problems by reducing open-fire, wood-burning cooking methods, thus reducing deforestation in our area, as well.
- The project also helped to alleviate poverty by supporting social and economic development in rural Mexico through the establishment of locally owned factories provided tools, materials, and training for production, marketing, and sales.
- Thanks to our supporters in the Rotary Clubs of Cupertino California, Trail British Columbia, Ashland, Oregon, and Southtowne Eugene, Oregon.
Helping Hospice San Miguel - 2009
- Hospice SMA, the largest bilingual program of its kind in Mexico, provides end-of-life care and medical services to Mexicans and foreign residents, but initially lacked medical equipment, office supplies, educational materials, and outreach programs.
- With our partners, we assisted with those things as well as with the development of a patient-oriented video narrated in Spanish.
- Thanks to Rotary Clubs from Staunton, Virginia, and Walla Walla, Washington, for their support of this project.