Chronicling One NGO’s Attempt To Make A Difference In Health For All
Celebrating 20 Years of CFHI
Happy Birthday, Child Family Health International!
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of CFHI' s transformative Global Health Education Programs and Community Empowerment. This milestone gives us a chance to celebrate and to look back on the impact of CFHI. We reflect on the importance of CFHI to many underserved communities beginning in Ecuador, where CFHI's Founder Dr. Evaleen Jones started, and now also in Argentina, Bolivia, India, Mexico and South Africa. We also reflect on the importance of CFHI to more than 7,000 students who have followed in Evaleen’s footsteps.
CFHI-- Our Story
Dr. Evaleen Jones founded Child Family Health International in 1992 after traveling to Ecuador as a medical student in the late 1980s. There she met Dr. Edgar Rodas, MD, Vice- Dean of the University of Cuenca School of Medicine. His dream was to build a Mobile Surgical Unit that could travel to the edge of the Amazon Jungle to do simple elective surgeries and procedures. Dr. Jones partnered with him, raised additional funds, and built the Mobile Surgical Unit in Santa Rosa, California.
Dr. Evaleen Jones in 1994 with Mobile Surgical Unit
She then offered to arrange medical students to go to the unit, and used the money they offered to support his cause. CFHI's scope and model has evolved over the years, but Evaleen's vision continues twenty years later, and CFHI is a thriving model of socially responsible global health programming for students of the health sciences. From those early days, CFHI has grown and now offers 20+ programs in partnership with host communities in 6 countries. Through CFHI, students are connected with local doctors to participate in internship-style programs and learn about healthcare in underserved communities.
1992: Clinical Healthcare in Cuenca, Ecuador Program launches as part of 'Cinterandes,' the first incarnation of what is now CFHI.
1995: CFHI establishes the 'Recover' program to reuse and recycle medical equipment and supplies in the U.S. for distribution to underserved communities. To date, over $10 million worth of supplies and equipment have been donated.
2004: CFHI launches its first round of Community Health Initiatives, grassroots projects to improve healthcare funded by CFHI through micro-grants and driven by local experts.
2012: CFHI celebrates two decades of asset-based, socially responsible Global Health Education Programs and community empowerment. We thank you, our readers and supporters, for your feedback, time, and contributions that benefit students and host communities in tangible ways. We look forward to the next 20 years!
Learn more about our 20th Anniversary Celebration, September 30, 2012 in San Francisco.
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