Posted by Dr. Honora Norton
In this time of the challenges presented by COVID19, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and area Rotary Clubs continue to serve those in need.   Beds, equipment and supplies valued at over one hundred thousand dollars were recently delivered on July 28th, via a 52 foot long commercial truck, to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico hospital and other area hospitals.  The receipt of these provisions upgraded the area’s medical services and enhanced the hospitals’ ability to meet the ongoing COVID19 crisis.
The hospital beds, examination beds, walkers, crutches, and bandages were deemed to be essential by a joint medical and volunteer team.  The team, supported by the Sonoran Ministry of Health, visited the hospitals prior to preparing the shipment. In addition to Alamos Hospital receiving needed medical supplies, other Sonoran hospitals received items from the same shipment, including San Luis del Colorado, Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Cd. Obregon and Navajoa.  Rotary Clubs in these Mexican cities provided the local contacts.
Alamos, Sonora, Mexico is the sister city of Scottsdale, AZ.  Sonora is the Mexican state adjacent to Arizona’s southern border.  Alamos is a beautiful town and popular tourist spot for Mexicans, especially from Mexico City; as well as, home for a small number of US citizens.   The Alamos hospital is essential to insuring the health of the 15,000 Alamos Mexican residents, tourists and USA visitors.   
In early 2019, Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich spoke to The Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.  Her talk inspired the Club to take on the leadership of this international project.   The project has been a collaborative effort by Rotarians located in Arizona (members of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Rotary Club of Tempe South, Rotary Club of Prescott, Saguaro High School Interact Rotary Club, and other area Rotarians) and Mexico, Tempe-based Project C.U.R.E., and Scottsdale Sister Cities.  Rotarians conducted the fund raising to pay for the shipping costs.  Project C.U.R.E. collected and donated the medical equipment.  Scottsdale Sister Cities provided the essential contacts in Alamos and area hospitals. 
This cross-border effort was strongly supported by Sonora Governor Pavlovich, the AZ Governor’s Office through the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Arizona Department of Health Services through the Office of Border Health, the Secretaria de Salud del Estado de Sonora in Hermosillo, and Sonora Governor’s Office through the Comision Sonora-Arizona.
In addition to delivery of the medical supplies, The Rotary Club of Scottsdale arranged the donation of a used excellent condition ambulance and its delivery to Alamos.  The ambulance was provided by American Medical Response (AMR) of Phoenix.