A program highly recognized by the Mexican Ministry of Health, PCI’s Well Baby Clinics promote healthy development among high-risk populations affected by limited or no access to basic services, including healthcare. With the donation of a mobile clinic from Sempra Energy in 2008, PCI gained access to additional remote and impoverished communities of Tijuana. Today, the mobile Well Baby Clinic travels to 10 different neighborhoods each week and provides quality outreach, health education, and preventive medical services through house visits and community fairs.
PCI staff, medical doctors, and trained volunteers provide services for approximately 2,500 children per year, including vital immunizations; monthly growth monitoring of infants and children; nutrition counseling; health cards to monitor progress; education on disease prevention; oral rehydration therapy and vitamins; referrals to primary and specialty health care; and dental health promotion. As PCI recognizes the important role of the whole family in health, the clinic also extends its services to adults, including nutrition counseling, promotional and educational materials. In the last two years, PCI identified and linked to vital services nearly 30 people with diabetes and 124 children suffering from first- and second-degree malnutrition.
Community volunteers open up their homes for monthly clinics in order to maintain the health of the children and families in the area. As the only resource for many of these communities, they often also find themselves addressing more urgent cases such as the provision of oral rehydration therapy to children suffering from life-threatening diarrheal disease – the biggest killer of children under-five in Mexico – or the recognition and referral of children with respiratory distress symptoms.
What are PCI’s Legacy Programs?
They are four of our most iconic programs in India, Guatemala, Mexico, and the US/Mexico Border Region, reflecting the heart and soul of PCI. The Legacy Programsaddress the most intrinsic and pervasive challenges in impoverished communities: maternal and child health, orphans and vulnerable children, and nutrition and healthcare education.
The programs themselves are not new – some are the longest-running programs in PCI’s history. In 2011, we launched them as part of PCI’s “legacy.” Legacy Programs provide us with several unique opportunities, including the ability to test out methodologies and measure impact in a “learning laboratory” that isn’t limited to any one grant or funding period. “Legacy” for PCI means continuity, compassion, consistency, commitment, and communities.
“Since 1985, PCI has provided preventive care and immunizations to nearly 70,000 children.”