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Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic

 

About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980.

Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state.

The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S. volunteers. At one point, volunteers to Guerrero dipped to 20 volunteers from a high of 50. And in 2010, the clinic had to be canceled for six months after the U.S. State Department issued a travel ban to Mexico. Despite the cautious approach, Guerrero is not typically viewed to be as dangerous as some of the border towns in Chihuahua like Ciudad Juarez.

"I tell [volunteers] we're not going to take them to an area where we know there's a problem. We don't take that chance," Branson says.

It's taken not only the support of the community in Guerrero, but the cooperation of Rotary clubs in Southeast Texas and in northern Mexico to grow and sustain the clinic.

The clinic opens its doors and offers free health care services as often as six times a year. Optometry is its primary focus with up to 550 cataract surgeries performed each year, but it also offers cleft palate surgeries, skin grafts, cancer screenings, and pap smears. As many as 1,000 patients come through the clinic each week it operates.

Branson says people have been known to travel over 1,200 miles to be treated at the clinic, many because the services are free. He recalls one couple bringing their baby in to repair a cleft palate.

"They traveled from Acapulco to Guerrero because they had no money to pay for the surgery," he says.

Funding gaps

As the clinic has grown so has the cost to keep it running. To help with funding, several clubs in Mexico formed the nonprofit Rotary Foundation of Guerrero (Fundación Rotaria de Guerrero A.C.) in 2003. The foundation won loans through the federal health care program until loans were suspended in 2012.

Celso Reyes, of the Rotary Club of Torreón, says that the clubs in both countries have had to renew their fundraising tactics to recoup lost funding. Additionally, they have applied for various Rotary grants throughout the years; most recently they secured a matching grant sponsored by several clubs in Mexico. The clinic also relies on non-Rotary organizations such as Alcon Labs, a health and eye care company, for donations of medical supplies.

"It's one thing to hear about the work being done," Reyes says. "But [only] until you visit, until you're actually there and you see the profound change made in the lives of the people who get their vision back or have a cleft palate surgery, do you see how wonderful it is. It is a great experience."

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Just Kauz Its Right Program
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Students of the Month (Special Olympics students)
Sep 29, 2016
Tom Plumb
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Rick Aguirre
Feeding the Hungry
Oct 13, 2016
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Students of the Month (Career & Technical Education students)
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Nov 03, 2016
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Speakers
Sep 01, 2016
Dr. Rene Gutierrez
Edinburg Schools
Sep 08, 2016
Mari Deleon
Just Kauz Its Right Program
Sep 15, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
Club Program
Students of the Month (Special Olympics students)
Sep 29, 2016
Tom Plumb
Hands to Honduras Project (also a short Cajunfest report by Jane Cross)
Oct 06, 2016
Rick Aguirre
Feeding the Hungry
Oct 13, 2016
Steve Cruz
Edinburg Rising Stars Foundation ( includes a short Cajunfest update)
Oct 20, 2016
Club Program
Students of the Month (Career & Technical Education students)
Oct 27, 2016
Food Bank RGV
Hunters for the Hungry Program
Nov 03, 2016
Trecia Munal
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
Nov 10, 2016
Nov 17, 2016
Club Program
Students of the Month (Athletic students)
Nov 24, 2016
NO CLUB MEETING
Holiday - Thanksgiving Day
Dec 01, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
Club Program
Students of the Month
Dec 22, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
 
 
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  • Economic and community development