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HERO in Honduras: Short Film

The non-profit Humanitarian Efforts Reaching Out (HERO) is an organization, based in Northern Arizona, that is providing medical care through outreach missions in several places in the world. Two missions to Honduras, in Central America, were conducted in 2008 and 2009. A group of four are leaving again in June, 2010.

This is a short film about the work they are doing and the challenges they face getting medical care to villagers in remote areas of Honduras.

Postscript: Here is a reprint of an article I just found in the Americas Quarterly. It came out June 15, 2010.

The two richest men in the world joined forces on Monday for the cause of delivering basic preventative health care to marginalized populations of the Americas. Carlos Slim, Mexican telecom tycoon and founder of Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud, and Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will join the Spanish government in each donating $50 million to the2015 Meso-American Health Initiative for a total of $150 million.

The initiative was announced at the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City. It will target Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. The health figures among these countries are staggering: 600,000 infants suffer from malnutrition, 500,000 of them do not have access to vaccination and 10 million adults and children are at high risk of disease. Over five years, the initiative aims to improve nutrition and maternal health and distribute vaccinations against dengue fever and malaria to 20 percent of the poorest population, or about 14 million individuals.

This project is the largest of its kind to specifically address the health needs of the indigenous populations in Mexico and Central America, particularly women and children. An influx of on-the0ground health care investments, combined with the usual media storm that accompanies Slim and Gates, have the potential to drastically change the health conditions for the most marginalized populations in the region.

Postscript:

The Lama of the Tibetan refugee camp is in Sedona, doing 3 public events from this Friday to Wednesday:

  • FRIDAY, July 23, at 5:30-PM, GOLDENSTEIN ART GALLERY, UPTOWN, benefit for HERO, the medical mission group who is doing a medical mission to the camp in jan 2011. for info on HERO: www.heroefforts.org
  • TUESDAY, July 27, at 7PM, 7 YOGA CENTER, W. SEDONA, BLACK HAT LAMA DANCE, contact person: michelfostermx@aol.com , write ‘LAMA’ in your subject line
  • WEDNESDAY, July 28 at 7PM, 7 YOGA CENTER, W. SEDONA, TIBETAN SHINAY MEDITATION TEACHING, contact person: michelfostermx@aol.com , write “LAMA” in your subject line.