GlobeMed at Loyola University Chicago partners with Jambi Huasi in Otavalo, Ecuador to improve women's health and build capacity at a primary care clinic.
GlobeMed at Loyola University Chicago + Jambi Huasi
GlobeMed at Loyola University Chicago | Chicago, Illinois
Jambi Huasi | Otavalo, Ecuador
One-third of all births in Ecuador are unattended by a skilled professional.
“GlobeMed has opened me to understand that under-served communities exist worldwide and that love, solidarity and humility are the main assets that will help us move forward. This network has encouraged me to appreciate human lives regardless of political boundaries. Through GlobeMed, my contribution to the world starts with health care.“
– Ghislaine Feussom, Loyola University Chicago ’11
“Un pueblo sano es un pueblo libre (a healthy people is a free people).”
– Jambi Huasi
About the Partnership
Jambi Huasi, meaning “House of Health” in Quichua, was founded in 1984 by an organization of indigenous people called FICI (Federación Indígena y Capesina de Imbabura) who were fighting for the right to health. Jambi Huasi is a primary care clinic offering both Western and traditional affordable medical care to the Ecuadorian people, especially the indigenous population. Their main clinic is located in Otavalo just north of the capital Quito in the Imbabura province. They have also begun outreach health programs to surrounding communities.
With this unique intercultural model of health, Jambi Huasi aims to eliminate health disparities that have been built over decades of discrimination against the indigenous population. They work by a motto of “Un pueblo sano es un pueblo libre” (A healthy people is a free people) and have begun to improve their maternal health services by partnering with GlobeMed at Loyola.
In 2011, Jambi Huasi began a Midwife Training Program to address the maternal health disparities that exist in Ecuador. This program provides formal health education to midwives working in local communities who have previously been trained in indigenous practices.
Community visits consist of two parts. The first is health visits where indigenous people in the communities can be seen by a medical professional. The second is educational visits where Jambi Huasi provides health education in the indigenous schools, with a specific focus on sexual health.
This year, Jambi Huasi is pioneering two income-generating projects. The first is to offer a new service, “Banos de Cajon,” which is similar to a spa treatment. The second is to open a small gift shop within the clinic.
GlobeMed at Loyola hopes to raise $10,000 this year for Jambi Huasi’s Midwife Training and Engagement Program and for Community Health and Education Visits. The Midiwfe Training and Engagement Program will train, certify, and engage birth attendants (midwives) to provide healthcare for pregnant women in the area. The Community Health and Education Visits will aid in teaching the surrounding communities about health and sexuality.