Selected Highlights from Por Cristo History
Por Cristo's Historical Highlights
September 1979: Pope John Paul II visits Boston during which he challenges the people of the Archdiocese to share of their good fortune with others, particularly the people of Latin America
May 1980: First medical team, specializing in maxillofacial surgery, visits Guayaquil, Ecuador
1982-1989: Variety of medical teams specializing in orthopedics, rehabilitation, burn care, cardiology, and other disciplines established
May 1986: Exploratory mission to Bolivia and Peru
August 1986: First medical mission to Bolivia
July 1989: First pediatric cardiology mission to Guayaquil
June 1994: Nutrition Project begun in Isla Trinitaria section of Guayaquil
October 1994: First pediatric cardiology mission to Quito
November 1996: Por Cristo Nutrition Center opens in Isla Trinitaria
July 1999: First visit to Dominican Republic
December 2000: Establishment of Community Health/Tuberculosis Project in Jaime Rolos section of Quito
2005-present: Dentistry Unit opened at Por Cristo Nutrition and Health Center which includes in-clinic services and outreach school fluoride component, which reaches more than 3000 schoolchildren.
April 2006: Girls Self Esteem Initiative begins at Juan Martin Moye School and is aimed at helping young girls make healthy lifestyle choices and deal with the many challenges they face
2006-2010: Por Cristo Nutrition and Health Center is one of 10 clinics in Guayaquil to participate in the REDIMA/CARE International UNIVIDA Project for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and detection (in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Guayaquil and the European Union).
October 2009: Por Cristo Pediatric Cardiology Team marks its 20th anniversary of missions to Ecuador.