Peace Through Health Delegation: Rio Grande Valley
Circle of Health International leads delegations to parts of the world where there is tension around maternal, reproductive, and newborn healthcare and those who have access to it. These delegations provide healthcare professionals, advocates and activists living outside of the region with an intimate perspective of healthcare challenges, innovation, and social justice action. COHI has led delegations to Israel, the West Bank, Turkey, and Jordan.
COHI will be leading Peace Through Health delegations to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas throughout 2017. These delegations showcase the healthcare needs of refugee populations crossing the US/Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. Delegates will tour the COHI-supported refugee clinic, partner facilities dedicated to refugee needs, meet with key stakeholders involved in immigration, trafficking, reproductive justice and and participate in a driving tour of the border area with a focus on security and safety challenges for refugees. Clinical delegates will have the opportunity to serve in the COHI-supported clinic, providing direct health care support to refugees.
Why the Rio Grande Valley?
Already lacking healthcare professionals in the region, refugees crossing the US/Mexico border near McAllen, TX have limited access to healthcare during detention and transit.
Upwards of 400-500 refugees arrive daily in partner facilities and seek care at the COHI-supported clinic.
Most refugees are families, mothers with infants or small children, and pregnant mothers in their third trimester.
This is a global issue; refugees come from the Northern Triangle, but also Eritrea, Sudan and Haiti among others.
Circle of Health International is uniquely positioned to introduce delegates to the Rio Grande Valley Refugee Crisis based on our work in the region, and globally.
COHI has worked with women and children refugee populations since its inception in 2004, providing care to over 3 million women and children and over $1 million in supplies and medicines.
Starting in 2014 in the Rio Grande Valley, COHI continues to provide clinical volunteers, medicine, and food for refugees. COHI also in part of the coalition of anti-human trafficking efforts in the region, an essential element of understanding the needs of this population.