A multidisciplinary approach to improving women's health in semi-urban Ecuador.

Research paper by Andrea R AR Yancon, Sean G SG Kelly, Bina B Valsangkar, Preetha P Iyengar, Preeti N PN Malani

Indexed on: 23 Jun '09Published on: 23 Jun '09Published in: International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics


To examine women's reasons for seeking care at The Quito Project (TQP), a student-led organization that aims to improve the health, education, and well-being of a semi-urban community in Quito, Ecuador, and to explore the need for additional preventative interventions.An oral survey was administered to 86 adult patients in 2008. We also completed a chart review to evaluate patient demographics and medical conditions.Sixty-three (73.3%) survey respondents were female. Nearly three-quarters of the women reported an income below the minimum wage; 60% reported that the cost of medical care posed a burden. Fifty-two percent sought care at TQP because the services were free. Additionally, 77% of women reported going to the doctor only when ill and did not access preventative services.By offering medical, dental, and tutoring services, along with preventative health workshops, TQP addresses established barriers to achieving adequate women's health. Survey results have reinforced TQP's focus on prevention.