We will be running the 200 mile Reach The Beach Relay New Hampshire from Bretton Woods to Hampton Beach taking place 18-19 September 2015. We are again collectively raising money for Partners In Health, to revitalize rural health clinics and train the next generation of Mexican doctors in the Sierra of Chiapas, Mexico-one of the most marginalized areas of the country.
The Sierra of Chiapas, Mexico is classified as one of the country's most marginalized (high-poverty) areas by the Mexican Government. Half of the population lives below the poverty line; the prevalence of both infectious and non-communicable diseases is high; and people suffer a cycle of poverty and disease. The government offers universal health insurance, but in a remote mountainous region like the Sierra, hard-to-reach local public clinics often are severely under-equipped or closed.
Partners In Health's sister organization, Companeros en Salud (PIH/CES) works each day to revitalize these underperforming clinics and break the cycle of poverty and disease. CES works directly with Mexican doctors, nurses, and community members to provide to a full range of primary care services for rural families who previously had no reliable health care options. The organization strives to be a model of excellence for primary health care in rural Mexico.
Since 2012, CES has employed a model that not only provides comprehensive, quality primary care in this remote region, but also trains a new generation of doctors, committed to serving the poor. As we expand from 6 to 10 clinics this year to serve an even greater population in need, your support ensures that we are able to revitalize these clinics with our proven combination of motivated, trained staff, an efficient supply chain, and innovative methods that link the clinic with the community.