Disque Foundation makes first trip to South America, traveling to Riobamba, Ecuador to train hundreds of health care providers and community members in CPR and First Aid

August 9, 2019 Chicago – During the week-long trip, a team of Disque Foundation volunteers trained health providers and an additional 600 members of the community in a variety of lifesaving techniques including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS) and first aid. The team also prescribed and distributed prescription eyeglasses. The majority of the people served on this trip belong to the Puruhā community, a pre-Incan indigenous group. Nearly 70% live in extreme poverty. Like with past trips, the team donated equipment for the use of multiple local communities.

“This is the Disque Foundation’s first trip to Ecuador, we’ve been trying to get here for a long time, so we’re really excited,” says Mackenzie Thompson, Outreach Associate at the Disque Foundation and the organizer of the 2019 Ecuador trip. “The Disque Foundation’s only mission is to empower people to save lives. We ‘train the trainers’ so the health care providers we work with on this trip will continue training people in these lifesaving skills in Ecuador for years to come.”

The Disque Foundation team was hosted by Fundacion Internacional Buen Samaritano Paul Martel (FIBUSPAM) and worked with both that group and Trek Coalition, an organization dedicated to bringing medical care to people who wouldn’t otherwise receive it.

The foundation’s trip is a project of the Save a Life Initiative, a partnership between the Disque Foundation and National Health Care Provider Solutions, the most trusted name in online medical certification.

More about the Disque Foundation
The Disque Foundation empowers people to save lives by providing advanced health care education to underserved populations in the United States and around the world. Through its Save a Life Initiative, the Disque team teaches multiple life-support courses through a first-of-its-kind, free online platform.

More about FIBUSPAM
Since 2007, PACH has provided free healthcare, resources and enduring solutions to the Andean community in Ecuador. Treating tens-of-thousands of patients each year via its clinics, operating theaters and mobile medical clinics, PACH provides life-changing medical services through primary care, dentistry, ophthalmology and multi-specialty surgical programs.

More about Trek Coalition
Providing comprehensive medical care reaching the needs of underdeveloped communities. In the short-term Trek Coalition partners with sustainable and trusted organizations that are established in countries and provides them with professional willing to help. In the long term, Trek Coalition utilizes technology platforms to better serve patients for generations to come. 

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Amy Christenson
Christenson Gray Media Consulting


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