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Ecuador is a developing country where rural regions are still plagued by many tropical diseases and malnutrition.There are also significant diseases that afflict populations within Quito, the capital of Ecuador. We have partnered with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), Quito, improve clinical care and translational research to advance health care for children and their communities in Quito as well as rural regions.

Capacity Building

Improving the clinical lab at PUCE allows common infectious and other diseases to be diagnosed and patients to be treated appropriately. The current lab is functional, but requires additional equipment to adequately diagnose the array of infectious and other diseases afflicting the population served by the Hospital and clinics. This will enable a survey of suspected infectious diseases based on the clinical acumen of CGHI clinicians and residents in training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and our Ecuadorian colleagues. We plan to develop epidemiologic and research studies to improve health care in the populations served by the PUCE affiliated hospitals and clinics, both in Quito and in rural regions where there are a few outreach hospitals. In addition, our programs aim to provide appropriate technology transfer and train the necessary individuals in clinical laboratory techniques so that they can sustain the lab into the future.

Clinical Services

By providing an opportunity for our residents and clinicians to collaborate with Ecuadorian doctors at PUCE affiliated hospitals and clinics, different areas of clinical service are identified for hands-on and didactic training and education to enhance the capabilities of the hospital to provide outstanding health care in Quito and rural regions. This can lead to the identification of epidemiologic and translational research projects to further advance health care.


Quito as well as rural regions have high rates of malnutrition and infectious diseases. A major problem is sexually transmitted diseases (STD). The National Institutes of Health has funded a project to evaluate chlamydial STDs and risk factors for these diseases to better develop interventions. The study involves and epidemiologic survey of chlamydial STDs and related STDs such as gonorrhea and HIV in addition to identifying high-risk populations for intervention. This is just one example of the many ways in which translational research projects can have the potential to have real impact on populations in Ecuador. A very important component to Research is providing the education for our Ecuadorian counterparts to develop and carry on research into the future. In this way, we hope to engender a sustainable Research and Education component to the overall program.


Revised: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:14 PM

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