C o lo m b i a. Integrated Community Health Project Departments of Antioquia and Chocó, Colombia. Departments of Antioquia and Chocó, Colombia. About the Region.
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Integrated Community Health Project
Departments of Antioquia and Chocó, Colombia
“I just returned from a visit “upriver” to a very poor community of internally displaced people attempting to re-settle their village. All that remains from their original village were three cinder blocks. Every simple wood-frame building with thatched roof (in other words, their homes and community buildings) had been destroyed. The families that just recently returned now live in the simplest of dwellings: just a thatch roof held up by poles, no floor but the ground, no walls. As we entered the community, they welcomed us with the words, ‘We welcome you in the name of the God of life.’ I accompanied the health promoter in examining the patients. He told me that the community is so committed to making health care a priority in their community that they plan to build a small clinic using cinder blocks, as a reminder that that was all that remained of their initial community and as a pledge to their children, their children’s children, and into future generations that they will never have to suffer from lack of decent health care.”
~ Curt Wands, PA (April 2005)
~ Curt Wands, PA (2004)