From Dr. Erin Gertz, Saving Mothers Global Health Fellow:
"I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the D.R. 2 weeks ahead of the surgical team in order to see and screen patients in the rural areas where ILAC works. Side-by-side with the Cooperadores, we were able to see 297 patients with gynecologic issues in that short time! Each community welcomed me with open arms and made me as if I was one of their own.
ILAC works with 142 “Cooperadores” - the rural healthcare volunteers chosen by their own community to provide basic healthcare outreach and referral. The Cooperadores also accompany patients from their community to ILAC on the day of surgery, room overnight with the patients, and travel back home with them, while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of post-operative complications.”