Quality, Sustainable Health
Care for the World’s Poor
Executive Director’s Message
It is my pleasure to share with you the accomplishments of Andean Health &
Development (AHD) in 2008 and the beginning of 2009.
way from the days when I first had contact with the Ecuadorian poor and
encouraged me to go back to school to become a physician.
In 2008, Hospital Pedro Vicente Maldonado (PVM)
health care doctors, nurses, and administrators. This was possible because of
community partnerships and local collaborations. AHD established and strengthened
relationships with the Catholic University of Ecuador, a medical school
the Luis Vargas Torres University, a nursing school
AHD not only serves patients on the ground today but also trains local doctors and
nurses to be the rural health care leaders of tomorrow. These local collaborations and
the investment in local personnel
Model and ultimately institutional change in the way health services are delivered.
Additionally, we partnered with the Ministry of Health and now work alongside the
public sector in La Maná, Ecuador. We are hoping that an introduction of the AHD
model into the public sector will help spread quality care and medical education
new regions of the country.
The self-sustainable Hospital PVM is a revolutionary
functions completely with electronic medical records (EMRs). We are proving that
quality health care can and does exist in poor, rural Latin America. In fact, this success
caught the attention of the World Health Organization. Our local director,
Herrera, and I spoke at a conference in Rio de Janeiro
The future holds many good things for AHD
children in need of health services, and
Thank you for all of your support!
David Gaus, M.D., MPH & TM
Executive Director, Andean Health & Development
We have come such a long
expanded its focus on training local
in La Concordia. This