Mobile Medical Unit
In 2010, FEMAP’s Outreach Program retrofitted a van and trailer into a mobile medical unit dedicated towards the early detection and treatment of cervical and uterine cancer amongst women living in marginalized communities of the Ciudad Juárez municipality. The Promotoras along with a team of gynecologists and nurses travel to rural colonias of Ciudad Juárez providing free screenings for these two strains of cancer. The mobile clinic saves many lives because medical personnel can provide treatment instantaneously. Should a risk be identified, the unit is equipped to treat the ailment using electro-surgery or cryosurgery. While screenings are taking place, the Promotoras also distribute literature and conduct information sessions on sexual reproductive health. With the support of Hospital de la Familia and FEMAP’s School of Nursing, the Medical Units and mobile clinics perform more than 3,000 colposcopies each year. As a result, 600 women with pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions have been diagnosed.
In 2014, the Mobile Medical Unit underwent a remodeling with the goal of reaching more families in need of medical services. The upgrade of the Mobile Medical Unit was made possible by the Paso del Norte Foundation 2013 Challenge Fund.