Where We Work
We currently manage project sites in nine different countries across the globe. Each location encompasses FIMRC's mission, but the way in which we execute our work differs depending on the needs of the community. Click on any of the sites below to get a glimpse into how each community is different.
Five kilometers outside of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, approximately 12,500 Nicaraguan refugees and impoverished Costa Rican citizens settled outside of central Alajuelita (“Little Alajuela”). The majority of this population, comprised largely of women and their children, is medically uninsured and therefore lack access to the Costa Rican healthcare system.
Restauración is located in Dajabón, the second poorest province in the Dominican Republic. There are currently five clinics located within the municipality of Restauración that depend on the public health system, even though less than 3% of public spending is utilized to strengthen the health sector. Not surprisingly, this results in under-qualified physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel, as well as insufficient systems, lacking adequate technology and resources to properly serve the patients that they admit.
Anconcito is a small town in the Province of Santa Elena, two hours west of Guayaquil on the outermost peninsula of the country. It is just 15 km south of Salinas, one of Ecuador’s most popular tourist destinations, known for its pristine beaches, upscale resorts, and ideal surfing conditions. Despite its proximity to the resorts, Anconcito is relatively unheard of to foreign tourists.
With a population of nearly 3,000, Las Delicias sits in a beautiful valley and is divided into 6 sectors. Community members, as well as patients from 12 outlying communities, must travel nearly an hour on bus to reach the closest government clinic. Patients often wait for up to 5 hours to be seen by a doctor, signifying the lack of medical professionals in the clinic.
Despite the global attention Kodaikanal receives for its beauty, the health system there has failed to show significant progress and a number of social, political and economic factors have inhibited the community’s development. In recent years, globalization has rapidly changed the face of this community. Ever-increasing numbers of international corporations, factories, and businesses have found a home in Kodaikanal; this economic growth has come at the expense of the local population, who often find themselves without jobs to support their families due to a lack of education.
The village of Limón is located 20 miles southeast of the city of Rivas in the Pacific lowlands region of Nicaragua. The region is popular for coastal tourism, namely surfing, and is known for its colonial heritage, beach communities, mountains, and volcanoes. Directly outside the upscale resorts, however, are numerous impoverished communities which depend on medical care provided by overburdened government clinics.
In 2007, we began our work in Peru and have expanded over the years. We opened our project site in La Merced, Chanchamayo, Junín as a way to partner with local hospitals and health clinics, as well as work with indigenous populations! We strive to make an impact in two district areas of Peru: the highlands of Huancayo and the jungle in La Merced.
In conjunction with the provincial government and the University of Philippines College of Medicine, we will be working in Cavite, a province just outside of metro Manila. The district of AMIGA, which is a group of municipalities in the province of Cavite, is the target of a recent initiative to further develop local community healthcare and education.
Standing at the foot of Mount Elgon, 150 miles east of the bustling capital city of Kampala, which, according to the Ministry of Health, has the highest prevalence of HIV infection in Uganda, the dispersed rural communities around the clinic are comprised of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants with an average annual income of 200 dollars. Clinics in the area tend to be understaffed, overburdened and lacking necessary supplies to treat the population.