Growth Monitoring Program (1988 – present)
This was one of our very first programs. It was originally managed by UPAVIMas working voluntarily to take measurements and weight of children, aged one month to five years, and track their progress. Parents were informed about their children’s health and educated about the importance of immunization, proper diet and prevention of diseases. Overtime, this program has changed several times and gone through some ups and downs. Now the clinic attends children from the community and from the Centro Infantil (Nursery and Preschool), aged zero to five years, on a weekly basis. Children are monitored not only as to their size and weight but also as to their overall development and parents are provided with support in order to improve growth and development of children suffering from or at risk of malnutrition, developmental delays and/or disability. We believe that parents’ education on development and nutrition, through community health talks and one to one consultations, aimed at explaining the vital importance of the early years, is the key to proper development.
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 25.00 (approx. US$3.00). 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.
UPAVIM acknowledges the generosity of the Rotary Clubs from Paso Robles, Paso Robles-Sunrise and Atascadero, California, Carrie Kemp, Charlie Watts and her husband, First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove, Illinois for their donations and donations of medical supplies!