Growth Monitoring Program (1988 – present)
This program is managed by UPAVIMas who work voluntarily every Thursday afternoon. They weigh the children from 1 month to 3 years, keeping track of their weight on a growth chart. They discuss with the mother each child’s progress and whatever problem that may arise. If necessary, the child is referred to the doctor. Each child is monitored through a card on which is recorded their weight, date of their next visit, and their vaccination record. This programs ultimate goal is for immunization and prevention of sicknesses in children, and also contributes to the formation of good habits in the parents with respect to proper diet and prevention of illnesses.
Laboratory, Pharmacy and Medical Clinic (1991 – present)
The lab, pharmacy and medical clinic are open 5 mornings a week. The personnel consists of a doctor and lab technician, both from outside the community, and a local nurse. The consultation with the doctor costs Q 15.00 (approx. US$2.00). Some medicines are donated to us and others we buy from local pharmaceutical companies. We always sell the medicines at the lowest price possible so they will be affordable for the community.
The medical clinic coordinates its activities with the Children’s Center and the Growth Monitoring Program. If a child is severely malnourished or dehydrated, they are referred to the Children’s Center where they are taken care of and given follow-up treatment for as long as is necessary.
UPAVIM offers special recognition to the Rotary Clubs from Paso Robles, Paso Robles-Sunrise and Atascadero, California, for the their donations of medical supplies!