In 2017, Chevron provided the initial funding for Fundación Baylor-Argentina, a global pediatric health initiative created by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. After three years, Baylor-Argentina has successfully established itself as a foundation operating primarily in the town of Añelo, in Neuquén Province, Argentina, and is now expanding to other areas, such as Rincón de los Sauces. Apart from BIPAI and Chevron, Baylor-Argentina benefits from other private institutions, including YPF and Tecpetrol. It is thanks to their support that Baylor-Argentina has not only launched the program but attended to thousands of patients and trained hundreds of medical professionals.
Baylor-Argentina’s health services cover three categories: prevention, health education, and health access. In cooperation with the Health Department, Baylor-Argentina saw 7,291 patients in Añelo, San Roque, Chihuido, and Rincón de los Sauces in 2019. Among these were 4,211 pediatric patients, 1,303 ophthalmological pediatric patients, 979 general medicine pediatric patients, and 798 OB-GYN patients. In addition, program staff trained 531 nurses, doctors, and health promoters on medical skills related to each of service line, totaling 528 hours of training. This is a substantial contribution to the local health system, but there remains a great unmet need in women’s and child health. Indeed, Baylor-Argentina exists to meet this challenge.