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ABOUT THIS DESTINATION
Cebadas is a small rural center comprised of thirty small communities in the Ecuadorean Andes Mountain Range, approximately 50 kilometers south of the city of Riobamba. Its largely indigenous population identifies strongly with the native Quechua culture; residents are typically fluent in both Quechua and Spanish. The economy is based on agriculture, with many families relying on livestock and crops such as corn, quinoa, beans, potatoes, and other vegetables. Ritual practices, including medicine, are closely tied to the natural environment.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
As the agricultural goods upon which the economy relies continue to decline in value, most of the residents of Cebadas remain extremely poor and thus lack access to many basic resources. Lack of transportation and sanitation infrastructure results in a high incidence of otherwise preventable diseases. Malnutrition is common, especially in children, because more nutritious food products that families grow are sold rather than consumed. The hard physical labor of mountain farming from an early age can also lead to premature health problems.
Access to medical care in Cebadas is incredibly limited; the closest hospital is up to two and a half hours away from the communities that surround the town center. Consequently, transportation and lost productivity costs – not to speak of the cost of medical treatment itself – prohibit most residents of Cebadas from obtaining adequate medical care.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
MEDLIFE has had strong ties with Cebadas since its founding in 2005, and the area has become a primary destination for our Mobile Clinics and MEDLIFE Fund projects.
At the moment there are only “Mobile Clinic” available for this destination. The clinic will provide basic health services, and also serve as an opportunity to learn more about community needs and make plans for long-term development projects. See an example of Mobile Clinic itinerary* below:
*Each Mobile Clinic team will be divided into four different groups; groups will rotate stations throughout the week.
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*Prices vary according to numbers of participants.