As the Formal Education Program developed, it became evident that performance in education and health are closely linked. In partnership with the Costa Rican Department of Social Security (CCSS) and Children`s Without Borders Foundation opened a clinic in March 2011 in Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste region. Providing healthcare to rural communities has been a longstanding challenge for the Costa Rican government. Poor infrastructure and lack of funds has limited access to medical care for thousands of Costa Ricans living in isolated neighborhoods. As a result, many people go years without consulting a doctor and fall ill with diseases that could be prevented if they had received prior care. Few kids ever see a doctor for a simple checkup or for a minor illness, preferring to wait until their condition either improves or becomes weak.
The Clinic is located in the small town of Comunidad, Carrillo, Guanacaste and attends, for free, children between 0 and 16 years. Based in an existing government clinic, that was previously open only, one day per month, the clinic is now open five days a week, providing free medical care and health education to children of families with limited economic resources and has also psychological program.
As of January 30th, 2015, Children Without Borders Foundation has concluded with their funding to the clinic. Creciendo Juntos is working hard, to find more allies to continue to provide preventative health services to impoverished children living in rural communities. This project has benefited in one of the most sensitive areas of humanity: HEALTH, even more when it comes to kids and economically vulnerable geographic areas.
- 5,592 children received free medical attention
- Psychological attention has been provided to 854 children
- 1,763 blood tests and others through Costa Rican Social Security.
- 4,840 participated in health talks and campaigns
Ana Virginia Rivera, mother living in Belén, Carrillo
“[The recognition for excellence from Amcham and Aliarse for the public- private partnership of “Creciendo Juntos” and CCSS]… is the result of persistence and resistance … we will continue joining efforts to strengthen this project on behalf of our most vulnerable communities.”
Dr. Eva Edith Batista Camargo, Director, Health Area Carrillo