Long Road from Quito
Transforming Health Care in Rural Latin America
176 pages, 5.50 x 8.50
Hardcover | 9780268105334 | March 2019
eBook | 9780268105365 | March 2019
Long Road from Quito presents a fascinating portrait of David Gaus, an unlikely hero with deep ties to the University of Notre Dame and an even more compelling postgraduate life. Gaus is co-founder, with his mentor Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., of Andean Health and Development (AHD), an organization dedicated to supporting health initiatives in South America. Tony Hiss traces the trajectory of Gaus's life from an accounting undergraduate to a medical doctor committed to bringing modern medicine to poor, rural communities in Ecuador. When he began his medical practice in 1996, the best strategy in these areas consisted of providing preventive measures combined with rudimentary clinical services. Gaus, however, realized he had to take on a much more sweeping approach to best serve sick people in the countryside, who would have to take a five-hour truck ride to Quito and the nearest hospital. He decided to bring the hospital to the patients. He has now done so twice, building two top-of-the-line hospitals in Pedro Vicente Maldonado and Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The hospitals, staffed only by Ecuadorians, train local doctors through a Family Medicine residency program, and are financially self-sustaining. His work with AHD is recognized as a model for the rest of Latin America, and AHD has grown into a major player in global health, frequently partnering with the World Health Organization and other international agencies. With a charming, conversational style that's a pleasure to read, Hiss shows how Gaus's vision and determination led to these accomplishments, in a story with equal parts interest for Notre Dame readers, health practitioners, medical anthropologists, Latin American students and scholars, and the general public.
Tony Hiss, an author, lecturer, and consultant on restoring America's cities and landscapes, is the author of thirteen books, including The Experience of Place, The View from Alger’s Window, and In Motion: The Experience of Travel. Hiss was a staff writer at the New Yorker for more than thirty years, and since then has been a visiting scholar at New York University.
"Creating health for underprivileged populations through education of family physicians, promotion of healthy behaviors, control of risk factors, disease prevention, and delivery of compassionate and comprehensive care: that is what Long Road from Quito: Transforming Health Care in Rural Latin America is all about, the captivating story of David Gaus and the Andean Health and Development Initiative. A must read for all those interested in health development around the world." ~Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami, former minister of health of Mexico
"Celebrated writer Tony Hiss has used David Gaus's personal and professional life's journey to Ecuador to explore global health in a fresh and intellectually probing manner. Students entering this burgeoning but ill-defined field of public health should read it carefully, as should others who harbor a concern for social justice and equitable access to quality health care." ~Barnett L. Cline, emeritus, Tulane University, past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene