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Meaningful Giving. Inspired Change: Health in Mexico

From high rates of chronic disease to low rates for cancer detection and timely treatment, the Baja California Peninsula and Sea of Cortez region faces a host of crossborder healthcare issues.

ICF has been working with health professionals on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border for over 20 years to help identify philanthropic interventions, effective health charities, and potential solutions to improve healthcare and health outcomes in Mexico.


By the numbers, in 2017 & 2018:

In 2018, $657,247 in health grant funding.

Outcomes from grants include:

541 diabetic patients and family members received educational courses and medical care to improve behavior and outcomes.

91% cure rate for Puentes de Esperanza’ MDR-tuberculosis patients in the San Diego – Baja California region.

17,985 teens reached through educational outreach activities on topics of sexual and reproductive health, including teen pregnancy, contraceptive methods, STDs, HIV/AIDS, dating violence and more.

26,033 contraceptive methods provided to young people in Tijuana.

100 young people received HPV vaccine to protect against viruses that cause cervical cancer.

Putting Your Dollars to Work: Special initiatives

Dulce Wireless Tijuana:

The current epidemic of diabetes in northern Mexico and around the world highlights the urgent need for innovative, efficient, technology-supported interventions to prevent and monitor the disease. Dulce Wireless Tijuana is a binational, multi-sector intervention combining the chronic care model with 3G wireless internet access for diabetes management, improving patient care and health outcomes for marginalized communities. In April 2016, the study results were published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics and efforts to expand the model to other locations are underway. Watch this Short Video (English | Spanish), Read Local News coverage or Read the Full Study, or to replicate this scientifically proven model, check out the Online Toolkit.

Mobile Cervical Cancer Screening Study:

Cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer death for women in low-resource settings. The World Health Organization estimates that 85% of women do not have adequate access to cervical cancer screening. In 2014, ICF and partners Mobile ODT, Scripps Health, and Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud funded a collaborative initiative to develop and test a smartphone-based cervical cancer diagnostic tool to provide cost-effective screening and care to women at all levels of care in underserved communities. This initiative won first place in the 2014 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project competition. Learn more

You can be a part of the solution when you donate to ICF and our health partner organizations.

Recent Grants

In FY2018, ICF contributed over $657,247 dollars in support of health and human services programs, with a special focus on access and quality of healthcare in Mexico. These include:

Amigos de Los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C.:

$25,000 for “Unidos de Corazon” Pediatric Cardiology Clinic and ADLN free clinics.

Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, A.C.:

$90,000 to support the “Gente Joven” teen outreach program on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Learn about the impacts of Pro-Salud’s diverse health programs from Executive Director, Marcela Marino:


Raiz de Fondo Jardines y Educacion A.C.:

$128,000 for community gardens and cooking & nutrition classes benefiting youth and families in La Paz, Mexico.

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