Paul Rodas wrote -
CINTERANDES will continue their missions on serving the less fortunate. Dr. Edgar Bruck Rodas, Doctor Rodas's son, who is also a surgeon and has been working with the foundation for many years, will continue this great mission with Cinterandes. So to do this they need your donations.
Join them on their mission!
*CINTERANDES USA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization category 501(c)(3), your donation is tax-deductible
Summary of Dr. Rodas's work
Doctor Edgar Rodas even as a young medical student knew he wanted to help the poor and underprivileged people of his country.
He envisioned an operating room on wheels to reach people in remote areas of the Andes Mountains, tiny fishing villages along the coast and settlements in the Ecuador Jungle.
Once his dream of a Mobile Surgical Unit (MSU) became a reality, and the Cinterandes Foundation was formed, there was no stopping him or his volunteer medical teams.
Since 1994 MSU and Cinterandes volunteers have performed more than 7,458 surgical operations. There have been 943 separate missions into the countryside and slums of the big cities.
Dr. Rodas has served as Minister of Health of Ecuador, Vice rector and Professor of Surgery of the University of Cuenca, President of the Ecuadorian Surgical Society and Founder Dean of the Medical School, University of Azuay.
About the Foundation
The Cinterandes Foundation was founded in 1990, it started with a program to operate the most needed people from the country. In 1994 we started with a surgical program called MOBILE SURGERY: an operating room built in a van. After twenty years of work, by December 2014, 7.458 surgical operations have been performed in the countryside and suburbs, with excellent results, a very low complication rate and, most importantly, in a more humane way within the patient’s own environment.
Soon we realized that surgery, in spite of its great accomplishments, has only a small impact in the overall health of a country. Nevertheless, its fast, objective and sometimes spectacular results make it an excellent means to gain credibility, confidence and acceptance from a community. People from rural areas, who are usually very distrustful after unfulfilled promises from politicians, change their attitude rapidly in view of surgical results, making it easier to organize other health-impacting programs, such as nutrition, immunization, child and maternal health, etc. For this reason, we decided to organize programs in “integral family health” following our surgical activities.
Our experience has brought us to a second conclusion: Health programs cannot be successful if they are carried out independently without coordination with other development programs. We believe that a plan in human development has to be an integrated approach to improve the quality of life in every aspect. Finally, if we want this plan to be sustainable, it has to preserve nature and the environment and should be elaborated with community participation, respecting civil liberties.