Project Concern International (PCI) is working across the globe to provide children and communities with the tools they need to overcome disease through programs that provide critical health services and disease prevention methods. PCI is fighting neglected infectious diseases such as polio, leprosy, Chagas disease, and dengue as well as global killers such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
PCI is actively addressing the global AIDS crisis through programs that provide care, prevention, support, treatment, food, shelter, and livelihood opportunities for those affected by the disease. We are combating malaria through the use of insecticide-treated nets, an essential strategy in our maternal and child health programs.
In Mexico, PCI is expanding and strengthening tuberculosis prevention and treatment efforts in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and 12 Mexican states through a program funded by USAID and Mexico’s Ministry of Health. Additionally, in partnership with Sempra Energy, PCI recently launched a Mobile Health Unit in the Tijuana border region that is providing vaccinations, oral saline solution, health referrals, and distributing educational information to the parents on the importance of disease prevention.
In remote regions of Indonesia, Project Concern International is ensuring that infants and children receive their full course of lifesaving immunizations at rural health posts. For example, in less than two years, PCI increased the rate of vaccination from zero to more than 60 percent for children under five years of age. As part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in India, PCI has educated 2.5 million people in that country about polio and immunized over 500,000 children.
How Project Concern International is Making a Difference…
In 2007, PCI served more than 40,000 persons in Southern California with health information and referred over 1,200 eligible persons for enrollment in health insurance.
In Mexico last year, PCI ensured that over 300 persons with Tuberculosis completed treatment and trained 200 health professionals in technical and psychological issues related to treatment. PCI also vaccinated over 2,000 children under five years of age in Mexico.
In Zambia, PCI-trained volunteers have provided home-base care to a over 12,000 AIDS patients benefiting from antiretroviral therapy. Volunteers also assisted over 8,000 food insecure people living with HIV/AIDS by providing them with in-home food aid in 2007.