The main health problems faced by the most vulnerable populations in Mexico and Latin America are preventable. Carlos Slim Foundation works along with public and private institutions to find innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions, through various comprehensive programs to allow more people to live longer and better.
This innovative model aims to improve health services provided at primary health care clinics through the MIDO® strategy (Comprehensive Measurement for Timely Detection), placing special focus on the prevention of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Since 2013, this model operates in partnership with the federal Ministry of Health and state governments as part of the National Strategy against Diabetes and Obesity.
Integral measurements in MIDO® modules.
Health centers throughout the country have the Information System on Chronic Diseases.
Maternal and Neonatal Care, Growth and Early Stimulation (AMANECE®)
With the goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality through the use of technology and the integration of primary health care clinics and hospitals in maternal health networks, this model has successfully improved healthcare for pregnant women. AMANECE operates in partnership with federal and state governments, specifically in the 100 municipalities with the highest numbers of maternal deaths (Maternal Health 100).
Pregnant women and their children have benefited through a set of actions to ensure their timely and quality care during and after pregnancy.
ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION RECORD
Electronic Immunization Record – aims to increase vaccination coverage and effective access, as well as improve the quality of health services. Simultaneously, seeks use more efficiently installed health infrastructure and resources in the country.
Carlos Slim Foundation in partnership with the National Center for Childhood and Adolescent Health (CENSIA) and the Gonzalo Río Arronte Foundation have developed this system for the collection and management of information on vaccination actions based on portable Electronic Immunization Records.
This innovative system will:
- Store and update the data of people who are vaccinated throughout the Mexican territory.
- Integrate the National Information System on Vaccines.
- Have a database in vaccination that allows consulting the vaccines each person needs.
- Disseminate the vaccination actions that will be carried out nationally.
- Provide public health officials with information to improve decision-making and increase vaccination coverage.
Interactive Platform for Health Education Online (PIEENSO®)
It is an online educational platform that allows health personnel (medical doctors, nurses, community health workers, etc.) to update their knowledge and improve the quality of health care they provide to the population. The platform offers certificate programs in areas such as maternal and perinatal health, non-communicable diseases, vaccinology, cancer in women and genomics.
medical doctors, nurses, social workers, community health workers and other members of the health team in Mexico and several Latin American countries have graduated.
KIDNEY HEALTH AND TRANSPLANTS
Through partnerships with state governments, national health institutes, hospitals and non-governmental organizations, the Inbursa Foundation created a program to promote the prevention of chronic renal failure, encourage a culture of organ donation, support organ procurement and transplant performance.
The goal of the Heroes for Life campaign is to encourage a culture of altruistic organ and tissue donation.
Together with the Inbursa Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation encourages improvements in the quality of care offered at public and private centers for rehabilitation through clinical staff train- ing and counsel on the compliance of regulatory standards in order to receive federal financial funds.
This program is complemented by others that encourage participation in mass sports such as the Telmex-Telcel Soccer Cup, From the Street to the Field, and Telmex-Telcel Boxing Ring.
Staff from more than
rehabilitation centers in 25 states trained.
This program, which is also sponsored by the Inbursa Foundation, works to promote research as well as psychosocial care for terminally ill patients in public and private institutions and their families in order to improve their quality of life.
terminally ill patients.
family members have received support.
health professionals specialized in different courses on palliative care.
SLIM INITIATIVE IN GENOMIC MEDICINE FOR THE AMERICAS
In 2010, the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Broad Institute of MIT, and Harvard University launched the Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americas (known as SIGMA). This unprecedented partnership, which also includes the Mexican National Institute of Genomic Medicine and 15 health and research institutions from all over the country, aims to benefit the Mexican and Latin American population from genomic research through:
• Research of genetic causes of some of the main diseases that affect Mexican population: type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer.
• Promotion of the genomic research platform in Mexico by training researchers and encouraging the development of tools for diagnosis and treatment with genomic technology.
21 scientific papers have been published in some of the most prestigious journals in the world, such as Nature, Science, PNAS and JAMA. 32 scholarships have also been granted to Mexican researchers from various institutions to receive training at the Broad Institute.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
previously described genes for other populations, associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Mexican and Latin American population, and identification of two new genes associated specifically with diabetes in Mexicans. Design of the first chip that evaluates the genetic risk for diabetes in Mexicans.
compounds that could potentially become cutting-edge treatments against tumors.
FIGHTING NEGLECTED DISEASES
In partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine, the Mexican Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) and the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the Carlos Slim Foundation collaborates on the development of new vaccines against diseases linked to poverty and reinforces national vaccination programs.
Collaboration in the development of a vaccine to prevent complications of Chagas disease.
CARLOS SLIM HEALTH AWARDS
These awards of international prestige recognize those who devote their professional work to the improvement of health in the Latin American region. Awards are given in two categories: Research Trajectory and Exceptional Institution.
Among the researchers who have been honored with the award are the Doctors: Jean William Pape from Haiti; Reynaldo Martorell from Honduras, and Ana Flisser and Rafael Lozano, both from Mexico. The awarded exceptional institutions include Medicus Mundi from Bolivia, Guatemala and Peru; Fundación Canguro from Colombia, and the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery from Mexico.
awards of US$100,000 have been granted to Latin American Institutions and researchers