Welcome to the homepage for Galapagos ICE @ UTSW, a student organization at UT Southwestern Medical School that began in fall of 2011!
Galapagos ICE @ UTSW consists of a group of students and faculty from UT Southwestern Medical School who work in collaboration with the medical campaign of Galapagos ICE: Immerse, Connect, Evolve (www.galapagosice.org), a non-profit organization based in the Galapagos Islands, dedicated to medical, educational, and conservational initiatives on the islands. The purpose of this service organization is to provide medical care and health education to people living on the islands, who otherwise have very limited access to adequate healthcare. We accomplish this by working in close collaboration with Galapagos ICE, one of the only organizations in the world that is dedicated to the health and education of the human population on the Galapagos Islands.
The communities in the Galapagos are very much lacking in medical care due to the small size of the islands and the distance from the mainland. While the rest of the world is concerned with the flora and fauna on the islands, residents of the Galapagos Islands are often neglected. Medical staff and specialists are in desperate shortage, and health education is also badly needed.
In March of 2014, we will once more send a team of students and physicians to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, where we will see patients during a week-long clinic; hold workshops on a variety of topics including nutrition, mental health, diabetes and hypertension management, and physical fitness; and continue with the research study which we launched last year.