GHI Ecuador Partnership Directors: David Gaus, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Frank Hutchins, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, UW School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bellarmine University; with participation from Lori DiPrete Brown, MSPH, Faculty Associate, SMPH; Trisha Seys Ranola, PharmD, School of Pharmacy; Chris Olsen, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine; and Keith Poulsen, D.V.M., Ph.D., Clinical Instructor, School of Veterinary Medicine

As a result of the Ecuador Field School, GHI has developed relationships with a number of partners, including health care delivery organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and community leaders. These relationships allow us to develop field experiences for students that are mutually beneficial to them and the partner organizations. Ecuador has served as a stable and fruitful site for partnerships and educational programs. The GHI plans to expand opportunities in education, research and community-based service-learning in the coming years. Some of these initiatives include:
  • Communities of La Calera, San Clemente, Zuleta, and Yambiro – Dr. Frank Hutchins and other UW global health faculty have conducted small-scale service-learning projects in rural communities over the past four years. Relationships with community leaders have evolved, and these new relationships guide course activities that are responsive to community needs. In addition to group projects, there are excellent opportunities for individual student projects.
  • Jambi Huasi Medical Clinic – This Otavalo-based clinic, one of the first in Latin American to integrate indigenous and Western medicine, offers an alternative set of treatments to both mestizo and indigenous populations. Its pioneering history and its culturally sensitive approach to health care provision have made this an excellent partner organization for the UW-Madison program. Students have volunteered at the clinic, joined clinic staff for health outreach to poor communities and helped improve the clinic’s medicinal plant garden. The director of the clinic has been instrumental in helping the UW program make connections with other organizations and individuals in the Otavalo area.
  • San Luis de Otavalo Hospital – The Otavalo Hospital is a principal public facility that provides care to populations in and around Otavalo, where the field school is based. The hospital has provided tours for UW-Madison students and, in recent years, has arranged for students to observe surgeries and births.
  • Andean Health and Development – Dr. David Gaus of the UW Department of Family Medicine has worked in Ecuador for more than 10 years, building health care service delivery capacity that is both affordable and of high quality. He has organized clinical rotations for medical and pharmacy students and is a contributing faculty member to the Ecuador Field School.
  • Ceiba Foundation – The Ceiba Foundation conducts environmental education and preservation and is led by Joe Meisel and Catherine Woodard, who have strong UW affiliations and are involved in the UW Study Abroad Program in Ecuador. Plans are underway to further develop opportunities in the health sciences for undergraduates and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.