Countless villagers around the globe have suffered devastating effects from easily preventable diseases because they had no way to receive basic health education or access health care.
A longstanding way to reach residents of the developing world is called the Promotora model. Essentially, it involves identifying natural community leaders and training them in strategies for disease prevention. They then train other members of their community, establishing practices that improve the health of the entire neighborhood.
At each project site, Esperança identifies community leaders who are willing to volunteer as health promoters. To date, thousands have been trained and are working to make their communities healthier.
Countries Served: Nicaragua, Bolivia, Mozambique and the United States