Look, Listen and Learn: Trekking Out West
Before we knew it, it was lunch time. We ate at a neighbor's home - the woman is a very good cook and the team often pays her to make their lunch. After lunch we visited a few more homes, and then it was time to make the long walk back to town. Luckily we got a ride!
The work day ends at 3:00 PM, when the ECO team reports back to the Unidad. While the health promoters live within the communities where they work (and this is KEY to their effectiveness), the doctors and nurses typically travel long distances to get to their jobs. The scarcity of jobs has created a very inefficient system in which none of the medical professionals seem to work near to their homes, and transfers take years to complete. Despite the hardship of traveling five hours per day on the bus, la Doctora and others like her are extremely dedicated to their patients, and to their team members.