Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
I work in a rural community in Pilar (Buenos Aires) for almost 4 years, where the population is mostly of Bolivian origin or from the north of the country, dedicated to fruit and vegetable production in a subsistence economy. Their living conditions are very poor (with some level of water pollution, no natural gas network, large families that share few quarters without garbage collection system, among other things) where children and adulst work. In the same community a settlement was created, whose male population work moslty in the Parque Industrial Pilar, in the area. There is a high infant mortality rate compared to the rest of the municipality, and a high rate of teenage pregnancy (in many cases, due to rape). Access to health care is very limited, and there is very little assimilation with the local community, due in part to discrimination to Bolivians.
The familiarity of Sahdes team with the locals after all these years of work, make the projects grow and show results, both in vaccination campaigns in the training of outreach workers and workshops. We know the history of many families, but we also have close relationships with teachers and assistants in schools and kindergarten, with the health post and neighborhood organizations that are increasingly committed to improving living conditions of the increasing population.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Sahdes's founder is a retired cardiologist who believes strongly in the leverage of health promotion and self care. This inspired the formation of health promoters in different neighborhoods of Pilar since 2003, and vaccination campaigns in schools, which are held together with workshops on healthy habits through art.