Jambi Huasi – a Model for Community Empowerment

In 1994, a local NGO, known as Jambi Huasi, established a health clinic designed to meet the health needs of the indigenous population in the ancient city of Otavalo, Ecuador. But what was launched as a health centre soon turned into a community movement. What happened there is a textbook example of how local empowerment can change an entire health system and alter the course of social and economic development. Operating under the assumption that health needs can only be addressed successfully within their own social and cultural context, Jambi Huasi adopted a rights-based approach, grounding its panoply of integrated services in respect for cultural traditions, social solidarity and reciprocity. 

Duration: 11mins
Production: UNFPA Ecuador, 2005
Contact: Alvaro Serrano

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