Driving Your Health

Driving Your Health: A Free Community Mobile Medical Program is a multi-year initiative that increases access to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the greater Mexico City region. The Baxter International Foundation, in partnership with Direct Relief, Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes de la Ciudad de México A.C., Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer, I.A.P., and Orden de Malta de México A.C. seek to benefit more than 350,000 people during the three year initiative.

The program facilitates access to health services for low-income communities by:

  1. Training health professionals on methods to prevent and control chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes;
  2. Placing highly trained doctors in poor communities to provide medical care; and
  3. Transporting patients and referring them to medical facilities to receive treatment.

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The program’s primary goal is to avert preventable medical conditions by expanding access to health care, providing health education, and increasing the early detection of potentially serious health conditions.

Over three years, the program will reach over 350,000 beneficiaries:

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40,000 will receive direct healthcare services

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310,000 will receive health education, prevention and awareness training

Challenges Addressed:
  • Difficulty navigating the healthcare system
  • No access to specialized examinations or diagnostic tests, especially for those with serious diseases
  • No access to transportation to medical facilities
Critical Interventions Include:
  • Providing access to healthcare services by meeting the population where they are located
  • Educating the public on disease prevention and early disease detection
Areas Served:

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Story Map: Driving Your Health

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Recent News:

The Baxter International Foundation and Direct Relief Launch Initiative to Bring Life-Saving Medical Services to Hundreds of Thousands in Mexico City

Driving Your Health ( Manejando tu Salud), a mobile health program that deploys medical teams to communities in Mexico City with limited access to health services, was launched today by The Baxter International Foundation and Direct Relief.

The Baxter International Foundation and Direct Relief Launch a Mobile Health Initiative Bringing Life-Saving Medical Treatment and Education to Hundreds of Thousands in Mexico City – PQMD

The Baxter International Foundation and Direct Relief Launch a Mobile Health Initiative Bringing Life-Saving Medical Treatment and Education to Hundreds of Thousands in Mexico City Driving Your Health (Manejando tu Salud), a mobile health program that deploys medical teams to communities in Mexico City with limited access …


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Baxter and the Baxter International Foundation are committed to saving and sustaining lives. Every day, Baxter employees strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who depend on Baxter products, and in the communities where employees live and work. Baxter is committed to being first on scene in times of crisis with product and resource donations; sustaining access to health care in communities through public and private partnerships, business model innovation, and capacity-building grants; and to recognizing and celebrating health systems providers and public health research that advance clinical practice, outreach and improved access to care. The Baxter International Foundation supports initiatives and organizations that make a positive, lasting impact on increasing access to healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved. Learn more at http://www.baxter.com/corporate-responsibility/giving-engaging/mobile-health-clinic.page.

Baxter is a company with deep roots in Mexico which has built a strong legacy for nearly 70 years in the country. Baxter Mexico products save and sustain lives through infusion systems and devices, parenteral nutrition, biosurgery products and anesthetics. The company has a wide production and distribution network of renal products caring for more than 35,000 patients in Mexico. Baxter is a major player in job creation and economic development in the country with multiple manufacturing plants employing thousands. Baxter has been present in Mexico since 1948 and serves as the distribution center for many countries in Central America.

Implementing Partners:

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Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes de la Ciudad de México A.C. (AMD)
  • AMD will conduct intensive skills-training for local medical providers — including physicians, nurses, and community health workers.
  • AMD and the other local physicians anticipate training over 100 Mexican healthcare workers.

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Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer I.A.P. (CDLA)
  • CDLA will provide underserved populations access to specialized examinations or diagnostic tests.
  • CDLA will provide transportation to required appointments or treatments in target hospital regions for pediatric cancer patients and a caregiver.

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Orden de Malta de México A.C. (Malta)
  • Malta will provide weekly medical screenings at no cost.
  • Malta will provide patient follow-up treatments as necessary the following week.