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Promotoras Impact the Root Causes of Health and Disease

Category: Health & Education

Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
This is a "Flexible" funding project. The project owner will receive any funds raised by the deadline.
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  • $95PLEDGED OF $1,500 GOAL
  • DEADLINE 07.31.2013 00:00
Funded: 6%

Perks for your contribution:

$20 or more

Plant seeds for the garden

Part of our work is about maintaining and cultivating traditional knowledge of medicine. $20 will start a garden in a local community to grow healthy foods and medicinal plants
$100 or more

Help train promotoras in remote villages

A donation of $100 will enable our community health trainers to rent a vehicle to make a series of visits to remote mountain villages to conduct training sessions for promotoras.
$500 or more

Build outdoor classrooms

Part of our funds will go towards building "palapas"- outdoor classrooms made of natural materials. These spaces will be used by community health workers to gather, learn, and share knowledge

In Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Doctors for Global Health works in partnership with El Centro Popular de Apoyo y Formación para La Salud (CEPAFOS- The Community Center for Health Training and Support). 

Health promoter training: We serve communities through health promoter training and by sharing and cultivating local and ancestral healing knowledge. Health promoter training addresses not only specific disease states, but also the individual, social, and economic factors that affect health.  CEPAFOS supports the full autonomy of each community and provides this by using a model of community accompaniment.  Our results are communities that are empowered to respond to the many threats to health that include challenging existing economic structures, creating sustainable land use and agricultural cooperatives, addressing nutrition and other health prevention measures.   We also focus on integrating modern "western" medicine with traditional healing knowledge from Zapotec and other indigenous cultures.  Health promoters that continue training become “multipliers” that then teach other communities and organize locally.

There is also a medical clinic in the city of Tehuantepec which offers allopathic medical care integrated with indigenous medicines and therapies. The vision of CEPAFOS to empower communities to strengthen their own wellbeing, and embodies the mission to put “la salud en manos del pueblo”.

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Team members:

  • Linda Sharp
  • Irma Cruz Nava, MDCommunity Health Worker organizer


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