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Mobile Telemedicine Unit Lends Support After Hurricane "Stan"
Telemedicine sent a mobile unit to the disaster area near Tapachula, Chiapas.

Unidad móvil de Telemedicina.

Mexico, November 7, 2005.  The desolation left by Hurricane “Stan” in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas has reached extraordinary levels.  Many organizations, foundations, and individuals who wish to help are already working to reduce the damage and trying to lessen the misfortune.

The Anahuac Telemedicine program, associated with the Altius Foundation and the Anahuac Universities Network, has also begun to send help.  Mobile unit #2, stationed in Acapulco, Guerrero, was relocated to the devastated area near Tapachula, Chiapas.

This operation has been made possible thanks to the support of Un Kilo de Ayuda (A Kilogram of Help), another organization founded by graduates of educational institutions run by the Legionaries of Christ.  The organization has a hospital in the high-altitude area of Tapachula, which was not affected by the meteor.  Most public hospitals in the region were badly damaged.

Anahuac Telemedicine will support these districts with an emergency and rescue team.  The Telemedicine program, which makes use of satellite links, will be able to offer specialized consultations that link doctors in the mobile unit with medical specialists in the Anahuac University and Nuestro Señora de la Piedad Hospital in Acapulco.

Altius is responsible for operating the Anahuac Telemedicine program, which has 4 mobile units in the state of Oaxaca, 2 in the state of Guerrero, and 2 in Jalisco.  These 8 mobile units care for and offer health and sickness prevention services to marginalized communities.  They annually provide over 48,0000 medical services to the most needy.



Related links

Altius Foundation
Catholic World Mission
Helping Hands Medical Missions
St Rafael Guizar y Valencia Missionary Center

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