The main purpose of the Peace Corps’ Community Health Program is to provide technical assistance for health promotion and health education activities to the Ministry of Public Health and other local agencies’ initiatives. Volunteers work within the primary health care model under the coordinated efforts of health professionals, community leaders and other health organizations in order to link communities with invaluable resources and services.
Ecuador's health project has 3 goals: 1) to promote nutrition, 2) to improve water sanitation, and 3) to increase knowledge about healthy sexual and reproductive health behavior.
Ecuador faces a range of nutrition issues related to under-nutrition as well as obesity and high rates of diabetes. Activities that a Volunteer may work on related to nutrition include education, cooking demonstrations, and workshops.
Volunteers within the HIV/AIDS Prevention Education assignment provide educational and technical assistance for prevention and promotion of HIV services to expecting mothers and at-risk populations. A Volunteer’s work may be dedicated to working with Ecuadorian health specialists in preventing vertical (mother-to-child) transmission of HIV and/or assisting women, men, and children living with HIV, as well as their families, to have access to medical, psychological, and social services available in Ecuador. A Health/HIV/AIDS Extension Volunteer works with different communities and organizations to help them develop programs to improve their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and anti-retroviral treatment.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check