Since 1997, Doctors of the World has offered mobile health services in isolated rural areas to those most affected by conflict, providing basic care with medicine and medical equipment. They focus on sexual and reproductive health, distributing contraceptive products, screening for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer and breast cancer, monitoring pregnancies, and detecting malnutrition in pregnant and breatfeeding women as well as in young children. Women wishing to terminate their pregnancy are advised and directed, according to the Colombian legal system.
The team also provides medical services and psychological support, especially to women who are at risk or have been abused. If needed, victims are referred to organizations that can provide long-term support, particularly in legal matters.
Another concern is access to clean water. To provide safe drinking water to as many inhabitants as possible, Doctors of the World distributes filters and teaches educational workshops to school children and families. They provide similar services regarding waste management so that people can live in safe and healthy environments and eliminate the risk of disease.
Doctors of the World also teaches communities about their rights to healthcare and how to claim those rights. At the same time, we are developing working relationships with various public health organizations in the hopes that it leads to a peace accord.