For the first time this year, we have hosted two medical clinics in Paraiso. Our regular clinic was in January, and in May, we arranged to have two physicians in the community (one is a W&M alum). They provided some follow-up care from the January clinic, and they saw patients with general health issues.
In addition, eight students worked in the community this summer. They collected interview data and did systematic field observations to map social relationship networks and to learn more about the need for improved access to clean drinking water. The research was supported by a Mellon grant, Monroe scholarship funds, a UNESCO Laura W. Bush fellowship, and a grant from the Reves Center. Stay tuned for a report on the results of the summer research.