Fellow Since 1993
Fundación Mexicana para la Lucha contra el SIDA, A.C.
This profile was prepared when Mauricio Ramos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
The New Idea
Mauricio Ramos is enabling family members to become the primary resource in home-based care of AIDS patients in Mexico, where a tradition of close family structures gives relatives the potential to be more capable care givers than overcrowded and underfunded hospitals. Mauricio has found that at least one family member, although he or she may be fearful or uninformed, is generally willing to learn the basic medical and interpersonal skills needed to care for the patient. By properly training these relatives, he is reducing the financial strain of medical costs on the family and increasing the number of patients for whom every medical professional can provide care.