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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 2014:

$491,000 in health grant funding.

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.

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

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Recent Grants

In FY2014, ICF contributed nearly half a million dollars in support of health and human services programs, with a special focus on healthcare in Mexico. These include:

East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic:

$30,000 to provide operational support and purchase of medical supplies and equipment for the East Cape Community Health Center in Los Barriles, BCS, Mexico.

Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, A.C.:

$90,000 to support the “Gente Joven” teen outreach program on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and $10,000 for a vaccination campaign aimed at preventing cervical uterine cancer in the Ojo de Agua community in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.


Patronato Pro-Hospital Civil de Tijuana, A.C.:

$85,000 for the Mi Estancia project, remodeling and equipping a temporary home for pediatric cancer patients and their families at Hospital General de Tijuana in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.

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