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UCSF Fresno and Rotary provide medical care in Mexico


In September 1985, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico City. The initial earthquake and a 7.5 aftershock resulted in the destruction of a number of hospitals and breakdown in the provision of healthcare. At a Rotary International meeting, Fresno and Mexico City-based Rotarians came together to bring doctors from Fresno to Mexico City to provide much needed care in clinics around Mexico City. The effort also included physician education. Now known as "Project Niño," the endeavor has grown over the past 30 years from four doctors to include board-certified pediatric, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatric surgery, neurology, genetics and metabolic disease specialists along with a dental team.  All physicians are currently or formerly associated with UCSF Fresno subspecialty training programs.  In addition, UCSF Fresno medical residents who are interested in global medicine, world health and international outreach also make up the Project Niño team. The group recently returned from another successful visit this summer, where they provided care to 3,500 patients. .


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