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) we opened a first clinic in March 2011 and a second one in July 2021, 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.
This clinic is located in the small town of Comunidad, Carrillo, Guanacaste and attends, for free, children between 0 and 17 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.
Since its opening in 2011, 42,400 minors have been treated in preventive medicine and psychology. In addition, 7,000 people have participated in health talks.
Thanks to the financing of Mohari Hospitality, during 2020 a renovation was carried out and in July 2021 a new clinic was inaugurated in the community of Corralillos, Filadelfia, in Carrillo Guanacaste, which serves several communities with a high level of vulnerability. The same model that is available in Comunidad has been brought to this center, to assist minors for free.
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.
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