PCI is committed to allocating resources to these programs during our lifespan, as our signature strategies to serve communities in need. “Legacy” for PCI means continuity, compassion, consistency, and commitment. Partner with us on our Legacy programs, and start making your own impact today.
Well Baby Clinics (Download program fact sheet)
For over 25 years, PCI/Mexico’s Well Baby Clinics have promoted the healthy development of families and children living Tijuana’s most vulnerable communities. Well Baby Clinics provide essential health services, including life-saving immunizations and growth monitoring for children; health education, including nutrition counseling and information on chronic diseases such as diabetes; and referrals to primary and specialty health care professionals. Critical to the success of the program are local community outreach workers – many of whom have volunteered for PCI since the program’s inception – who are trained by PCI staff in health promotion and disease prevention. As the only resources for many of these communities, these community outreach workers often find themselves addressing a variety of urgent care cases, such as provision of oral rehydration therapy to children suffering from life-threatening diarrheal disease. PCI’s Well Baby Clinics have reached nearly 70,000 children and have contributed to the decline of child malnutrition in Tijuana, the leading cause of child mortality. Watch the following video to understand the critical importance of PCI’s Well Baby Clinics, which was produced as part of a collaboration with Design Matters at Art Center College of Design:
Since 1974, PCI has worked in the highlands of rural Guatemala to improve the health of Mayan communities. Its Casa Materna facility provides women with clinical attention, evaluation, medicine and other vital reproductive services to ensure healthy pregnancies and access to health services to women. Casa Materna’s care however, transcends the clinical environment and contributes to the physical, emotional and psycho-social well-being of women. In addition to the facility-based care provided, the Casa Materna program reaches thousands of women and their families through outreach and training of community volunteers, family planning and counseling services within a culturally sensitive framework. Between 2000 and 2010 over 63,000 women have been evaluated as outpatients, and nearly 6,000 of these patients were high-risk pregnant women who were received as in-patients because of life threatening complications due to their pregnancy. Built on principles of respect, caring and culturally-appropriate quality of care, the Casa provides direct, life-saving healthcare services, and equally important, it provides a protected, nurturing environment that also benefits the female clients in tangible ways. See a great news feature highlighting Casa Materna’s successes as part of a study by Pop Council: