Preventative health services in Mexico can be very expensive. The market value for many vaccines is $200 to $900 pesos each, while minimum wage is currently around $1,690 per month. Poor families must often choose between health care and putting food on the table. Paying for vaccinations is a luxury many cannot afford.
There are public health centers which offer free vaccines to low-income people. However, slum families must travel to get to the closest health services. Even the modest cost of public transportation can be a barrier. Mexican public health centers are also very bureaucratic. Families can wait for over 6 hours, only to be told to come back another day. This time and travel expense can make even free clinics inaccessible to many slum dwellers.
In March, ProSalud provided free vaccines at the Transformación Urbana offices in Chimalhuacán. These vaccines would normally have cost over $41,000 pesos. The cost of the donated vaccines represents an enormous out-of-pocket savings for poor residents. However, the savings is even greater in the long run. By vaccinating against contagious diseases, ProSalud helps safeguard the future. Wage earners can keep on going to work. Children can stay in school. Struggling families don’t have to cover unexpected medical costs. Potentially catastrophic health issues are prevented. When you invest in ProSalud, you are helping slum families have healthier “todays.” And you are investing in healthier “tomorrows.”