We have many ideas for future development as the funds can be raised to implement them. A major long range goal is to raise the funds to purchase property for a new Center. The current rented facility is crowded and there is no expansion room. With a suitable property, we can build an expandable center tailored to the needs of the community. Building can be done relatively inexpensively with community labor.
Many in the colonia live without
electricity, running water or indoor sanitary facilities. Most are
poorly educated in personal hygiene or kitchen hygiene. Viral
infections, particularly respiratory and gastrointestinal, are very
common. Chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are
also common. Most residents cannot afford much medical care or
prescription drugs. Transportation to distant hospital/clinic sites is
One of DPT´s goals is to develop
local medical services and transportation for those needing more
advanced care. As a beginning a doctor and 3 nurses who live in the
colonia are starting a health education program. They will begin with
pregnant women and children, and then expand as interest is generated.
While acute medical services may eventually be made available, the
emphasis will be on preventive services.