Improving the Lives of the Natives of Cuchiverachi

In 2000, a coalition of healthcare providers from Gallup, New Mexico, began SALUD PARTNERS. Its goal was to provide medical and logistical help to the native people in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Today, SALUD PARTNERS is dedicated to improving the lives of the under-served people in the Tarahumara settlement of Cuchiverachi. Our focus includes setting up medical and dental clinics, improving local nutrition, providing clean water, and enhancing the quality of life.

Mission Trips

SALUD PARTNERS has sponsored mission trips to Mexico since 2000. The initial trips were to provide medical and dental care as well as distribute commodity foods to remote Indian villages in Mexico. In 2005 the decision was made to limit the mission to Cuchiverachi where it was thought effectiveness would be increased by concentrating time and resources. Medical and dental clinics have been and will continue to be a large part of the mission trips. There are many medical needs which are not met. Malnutrition is a major factor in the health needs of the village. Protein malnutrition leaves the children with growth failure and marasmus. A major effort in future mission trips will be to provide medical care and education to Cuchiverachi and to expand care to surrounding communities. SALUD PARTNERS has provided the opportunity to participate in mission trip 2-3times a year for the past several years. There are many unmet medical and dental needs and future mission teams will be needed to help alleviate these needs.