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December 2020
Covid-19 leads to cancellation of 2021 Mission:

Dear Volunteer Ecuador Medical Mission:

 

The Ecuador Medical Mission is undoubtedly the most important project that the Ambato Rotary Club carries out in conjunction with a large number of people, like you, who are always willing to help us.

 

This project is the largest social and community support project, it involves a series of activities, the same ones that have always been carried out with the responsibility and affection that characterizes our club in each of its actions.

 

The Medical Mission demands that the organizing parties of this project begin to work between the months of September - October of each year to implement the mission in the month of February.

 

This year was no exception, we started our planning activities for the Medical Mission, to carry it out as planned.

 

The year 2020 as all of humanity knows it has been an extremely complex year, however we always hoped to be able to carry out the Medical Mission 2021, unfortunately the current situation in relation to the pandemic does not allow us to carry out this great social action.

 

It would be irresponsible for us to carry out the mission under the current conditions, since we would be exposing patients, doctors, collaborators, volunteers and the community itself.

 

We will always act with total responsibility, adhere to the principles of Rotary and true to our motto, Give of yourself, before thinking about yourself.

 

It is extremely sad to have made this decision, but these are times when we must be totally responsible to our community.

 

We always appreciate your willingness to help others and collaborate with us, we will overcome the current situation together, this year which has been "the longest in history" leaves us many reflections, but we will come back stronger, with more desire to continue helping our community to build a better world and for that we count on you and your attitude of service.

 

We are waiting for you in our next Medical Mission!

 

With enormous gratitude.

 

Carlos Fernando Villacreses

Presidente de Club Rotario Ambato

2020 - 2021.

Fall  2020
CDC Lists Ecuador as Level IV Travel advisory:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-ecuador

Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Ecuador

Key Information for Travelers to Ecuador

  • Travelers should avoid all travel to Ecuador.

  • Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

March 2020
Covid-19 encouragment from The Rotary Club of Ambato:

Estimada Beatriz quiero enviar un saludo para usted, su hermano Henry y A través de ustedes a todos nuestros queridos amigos de la misión médica Ecuador 2020.

La difícil situación por la que estamos pasando y que los médicos y personal de apoyo están viviendo, nos hacen reflexionar en el inmenso bien que brindan a través de su profesión. Nuestro reconocimiento especial a todos ellos y nuestro deseo de que se encuentren fuertes en su estado físico, anímico y mental. 

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Dear friends of Medical Mission Ecuador, on behalf of the Rotary members and the ladies, I want to send you a greeting and all our support in these difficult times that we are going through. I know that you as health professionals are at the forefront of this global pandemic and giving your contribution to all those who need it.

That is why we send you a warm greeting and our moral support for each of you and your families. 

God protect us in these hard times.

Regards
Francisco Loayza
President
Ambato Rotary Club

Saludos
Francisco Loayza

February 2020
Back from Ambato!

We have just returned from another successful surgical mission to Ambato, Ecuador. 80 volunteers along with 35+ local assistants help us see almost 400 patients in clinic to provide over 120 surgeries, 1500 patient encounters including medical assessment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, wheelchair fittings, and brace or orthotic fittings. Hundreds of braces and walking aid were custom fitted, almost 50 custom fit wheelchairs donated and 30+ strollers modified for special needs children so patients can move on their own or parents don't have to carry them.