Andean Health and Development (AHD) Initiative
“Lord, give bread to those who hunger,
and for those who have bread give them hunger for social justice.”
Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, prayer before meals
Andean Health and Development (AHD) Initiative in Ecuador is a partnership between the Master of Science in Global Health program at the Eck Institute for Global Health and Andean Heath and Development. Founded by alumnus Dr. David Gaus, ’85, MD, “AHD is fundamentally changing rural health care in Ecuador by providing sustainable, quality medical care today and by training the rural health care leaders of tomorrow.”
The recently opened Hesburgh Hospital is a big leap forward for AHD and Ecuador. The new 65-bed hospital is located in Santo Domingo, a community of 600,000 where there are only 151 public hospital beds, and 50% of residents live in severe poverty.
In recent years, Notre Dame Master of Science in Global Health students and faculty have contributed to research focused on a crucial project to address the emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance in the region.
The AHD and the MS in Global Health program at Notre Dame have come together through their shared belief articulated by Dr. Gaus, “that all people, rich or poor, regardless of ethnicity, when suffering from illness, … have access to high quality healthcare services.”
The program seeks funds for the Andean Health and Development Initiative that will support additional research projects to identify solutions to improve health in the region. If you are interested in supporting the Andean Health and Development Initiative please contact the Notre Dame Development Office https://supporting.nd.edu/. The Initiative is seeking funding to support additional research projects to identify solutions to improve health in the region.
We are pleased to recognize Al and Mary Harding who have generously supported this endeavor with an AHD Initiative endowed gift that will support Master of Science in Global Health students, research and capacity building in Ecuador.
In the Summer of 2015, the Harding gift supported MS in Global Health student Katelyn Campbell’s capstone research project in Ecuador on antibiotic resistance. Under the supervision of Biology professor Shaun Lee, Harding funds will also support the establishment of a microbiology laboratory at the Hesburgh Hospital.
Photo L to R: Megan Finneran '13, '14 MS, Dr. David Gaus, '85, founder Andean Health and Development, and Marcos Marugan-Wyatt, '13, '14 MS, at the dedication of the Hesburgh Hospital in Ecuador, South America, summer 2014.