Community-Based Education for Health

Schools for Chiapas has made a Million Peso Pledge to support Zapatisa efforts against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The Coronavirus pandemic is an enormous challenge for the state-wide  Zapatista health network in the treatment and education family healthcare and preventative medicine. Due to crowded clinic conditions, inadaquate medical supply, insufficient nutrition, and a faulty federal government response, the Coronavirus pandemic may become very bad in the rural, Mayan commuities where the Zapatistas live.  This is why we have pledged to raise funds for the ongoing and uphill struggle facing the Zapatista communities. We urge you to become a partner what has become a Two Million Peso Pledge by donating today.

Over the last twenty years, the Zapatista movement has made great strides in improving health in the rural, indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico.  You can also still support the Zapatista’s ongoing work in public health by giving a Gift of Change in support of Zapatista health care.

Zapatista health promoter

In many isolated, rural Zapatista villages, the community chooses a volunteer to train to become the local ‘healthcare promoter’. The volunteer uses both traditional knowledge and modern medicine and participated in  a series of workshops at Zapatista-organized regional health centers. The healthcare promoter is based out of a community-built casa de salud (house of health) which is located in the village.  Because the health promoter is a known member of the community, they are already familiar and trusted by the community and able to provide an invaluable service.  Many Zapatista municipalities have constructed health centers capable of providing comprehensive health care to the local population -Zapatista and non-Zapatista alike.

In several of the five Zapatista zones there are now fully equipped modern hospitals with operating rooms, hospital beds, blood analysis, vaccination programs, eye glass manufacturing, and dental services. A few of these advanced health centers are equipped with ambulances to respond to medical emergencies. Local, regional and zonal healthcare centers have pharmacies offering both traditional herbal medicines and commercial patent medicines, often free of charge or at minimum price.

Zapatista health care center

One of several ways Schools for Chiapas supports the Zapatista healthcare is through support and facilitation of educational workshops on medicinal plants. Schools for Chiapas also maintains a fund, known as the Ramona Fund, to provide financial support for emergency medical response, which directly saves lives.