Year in Review: NPH Mexico Gives Even More to Local Communities in 2019
From health and sustainability to community projects, NPH Mexico went a long way in completing its long-term objectives in 2019.
February 6, 2020 - Mexico
Success no. 1: Healthy Pequeños
In 2019, volunteer Alaina Hall completed an initiative through the University of Pennsylvania called Healthy Pequeños, where she worked all year to implement holistic and sustainable interventions to prevent pediatric infectious disease and improve the children’s physical health. Healthy Pequeños was implemented over the course of a year and completed in June 2019. The project was tremendous success with the following results:
- 7 sources of sewage exposure were eliminated and 461 children benefited
- 730 children are now up-to-date on their vaccines
- 615 children now have access to clean water
- 98 education sessions were given to 733 children and 37 caregivers
- 8 clinic spaces were repaired, giving 582 children access to sanitary clinic spaces
In just one short year, the positive effects of this project are apparent. 97% of caregivers reported seeing an increase in infection prevention behaviors among children throughout the year. 100% of caregivers report making changes in their own behavior to help prevent infections for themselves and the children throughout the year.
Although Alaina has now finished her time at NPH, the education initiatives of this project are expected to be carried on by her successor in 2020.
To learn more about medical programs at NPH Mexico, click here.
Success no. 2: Water Purification Plant
In 2019 NPH Mexico was able to build its own water purification system. This important project is helping to reduce ongoing expenditures across all of the NPH Mexico facilities. Total expenditures have already dramatically decreased and the savings continue as time goes on.
Previously, the home was spending $84,475 Mexican pesos every 9.5 months on 4,347 jugs of water. Currently, only $16,194 pesos are being spent in production costs, a savings of $66,781 pesos every 9.5 months. This has resulted in a 79% decrease in total expenditures.
Going into 2020, the house will continue to reduce water costs at this rate owing to the more efficient system.
Success no. 3: Metlatonoc Clinic Project
One of the principal objectives of 2019 was to help the communities of which NPH is a part. This was the inspiration for the Metlatonoc Clinic Project.
The idea is to work with local municipal authorities to provide support in the form of basic health services to Metlatonoc, one of the poorest communities in the state of Guerrero, where many of NPH’s children come from.
In Metlatonoc, emergency aid is only accessible via a four-hour drive to the nearest town, most often resulting in the patient dying before they can receive treatment. NPH strives to not only provide a better life for children in NPH homes, but also show them the value of gratitude and giving back.
For this reason, NPH Mexico has constructed a plan to bring Ofelia Galvez Olea, a pequeña originally from Metlatonoc who will graduate with a nursing degree in the spring of 2020, to Metlatonoc to provide first aid services, vaccines, parasite treatment, and disease prevention in an attempt to decrease the mortality rate and provide comprehensive healthcare for the people of the community.
Click here to read about how a family from Metlatonoc spent their first Christmas at Casa San Salvador, NPH Mexico.
"Even though 2019 has been a challenge for us all, we continue transforming the lives of more and more children who now have a second chance to live with dignity and without poverty," says NPH National Director Rafael Bermudez.
Interested in supporting our children and programs in NPH Mexico? Visit nph.org to find out how.
Linette Gomez and Sofi Estrada
Communication Officers, NPH Mexico