Delia Villalobos Arciga
This profile was prepared when Delia Villalobos Arciga was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Delia believes that in order to maintain good health and prevent illness, women must have a positive attitude towards themselves. In Mexico politics, religion, and tradition discourage women from asserting control over their health. Poor health is a cultural problem -- one of beliefs, values, inhibitions -- as much as a structural problem caused by poor services and infrastructure. Delia is changing both cultural and structural aspects of Mexican medicine by sending mobile clinics into remote rural areas, where health care is scarce. The medical teams treat women and prepare them to set up ongoing community health services. In addition to offering reproductive health services, they run workshops in which women can discuss openly their sexual health and train local health promoters who continue community care and education.