The Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (CIET) at the Autonomous University of Guerrero in Acapulco, Guerrero, was founded in 1985 and has trained over 600 planners and researchers from 58 countries, and many more Mexican health workers and officials, through an array of courses. Training usually involves extensive field work in urban and rural communities, from the sprawling barrios of Acapulco to remote indigenous villages in the mountains.

Over the years, CIET has worked in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero in close partnership with indigenous people who are among the most disadvantaged rural populations in Mexico. We have helped these communities carry out action-oriented research and planning on critical health issues such as child diarrhoea, parasites, scorpion sting and safe motherhood.

In Xochistlahuaca, a remote municipality with majority Amuzgo population we have trained and supported indigenous health promoters who have become a valuable and respected community health resource for the region. We are currently working with them to improve maternal and perinatal health without destroying traditional childbirth-related roles and culture.

We have conducted numerous studies in Guerrero throughout the years, including:

 Amuzgo women gather to talk with community health promoters in Xochistlahuaca, Mexico, where CIET has been working with Aboriginal rural populations since 1986