Changing health outcomes involves not only improved ACCESS to health care providers, but also demands expanded EDUCATION in order for sustained health and well-being to increase.
The FUEGO Foundation trains health care providers in underdeveloped nations and educates parents and families in the communities it services. Courses conducted teach volunteers about the culturally significant health issues, instructs the local health care providers on the current practices, procedures and surgical techniques, and educates the local families about nutrition, healthy food alternatives, prenatal health care, proper dental, eye, and foot care, hygiene and preventative health measures.
With each project, FUEGO will seek to provide educational facilities in addition to the clinic and labs. These facilities will offer housing and dining areas for those coming to the region to provide medical assistance and humanitarian aid, and will aim to have conference areas large enough to provide the educational classes. These facilities will provide jobs to the local community, sustainable income for the clinic, and lasting health education that will improve the quality and length of life for generations to come.
The EDUCATION phase of FUEGO’s purpose is key as it enables the indigenous people to become self sustaining.