MAP Ecuador

MAP International has been working in Ecuador since 1978. Headquartered in Quito, Ecuador’s capitol, MAP programs reach three diverse regions: the Amazon, the Andes, and the Coast.

Community Health Promoters | MAP Ecuador works with health promoters in approximately 30 communities. These volunteers undergo training which assist them to identify and sometimes treat disease as well as educate their communities on prevention, hygiene, and the importance of clean water and good sanitation. They are also trained to petition authorities for the health of their communities.

Community Pharmacies | For impoverished families living in rural areas of Ecuador, access to health services is scarce. Transportation to clinics or hospitals makes purchasing medicines extremely expensive. Community pharmacies bring affordability to essential medicines which can be supplemented by gardens of traditional medicinal plants and herbs. Currently there are 25 pharmacies in 3 different regions.

Disaster Relief and Prevention | Ecuador is frequently affected by floods and volcanic eruptions. This program trains communities on disaster response and mitigation, equipping them to be prepared and resilient when disaster strikes. This program also includes relief responses by MAP staff.

Tambayacu Total Health Village | Located in Ecuador’s Amazon region, the Tambayacu THV is home of 700 individuals. The community is a Quechua and Spanish speaking community that relies on agriculture and manual labor for income. Typically, men go to find work in the city as carpenters or handymen while the women take responsibility for growing crops at home. Two MAP-trained health promoters have managed a community pharmacy and served the community for several years. This gradually growing relationship between MAP and the community that began in 2010 has created trust, responsibility, and enthusiasm to widen programs to a Total Health Village.

Apatug Total Health Village | Located in Ecuador’s Andes, or mountain region, the Apatug THV is a Quechua and Spanish speaking community of that relies on agriculture and animal husbandry for income. The community of 3,800 is close to the Tungurahua Volcano, which erupts twice a year, covering the community in ash, destroying crops, and polluting the air. The community is also burdened by a lack of clean water and poor sanitation. The existing water system in the community is in need of repair, causing families to use water as sparingly as possible for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. MAP has been working in the community since 2010, facilitating health promoter training, distributing water filters, and working with the community on disaster mitigation strategies during and after volcanic eruptions.

Valle del Toachi Total Health Village | The Valle del Toachi community is located in Ecuador’s coastal region, in the province of Santo Domingo. This is an urban community of over 1,000 people facing serious challenges. Since 2010, MAP has been working with the community to address needs for basic services like clean water and sanitation, the issues of environmental pollution, drug and alcohol use, and a serious prevalence of domestic violence.