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:
- Acute respiratory infections in under-fives, 1986
- Capillaria hepatica in Rats and Acapulcan Children, 1993
- Chagas Disease, 1986
- Community Dermatology, 1990-1995
- Diarrhea in Children under Three Years Old, 1989
- Dengue in Acapulco – Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices, 2004
- Domestic violence against pregnant women in Ometepec, Guerrero, 2001
- Dyspareunia and episiotomies: a case-control study in an Acapulco hospital, 2006
- Indigenous newborns surviving in cultural safety, 2007-2010
- Intestinal Parasites, 1990
- Malaria and Dengue, 1988-present
- Measles, 1989-1990
- Micro Regional Planning, 1992-1995
- Occupational Risk of Infection with HIV, 1989
- Research and capacity building on tuberculosis in Guerrero, 1987-present
- Safe Childbirth, 1995-1996
- Scorpion Sting, 1987
- Student Smoking, 1991
- Working Children of Acapulco, 1987-1993