PCPM - logo Polish Center for
International Aid



Every day brings 50 new patients. Polish female doctors in Ecuador

They went halfway across the world to provide specific medical assistance. And they have our support. Dr. Joanna Gradek and dr. Urszula Włodarek attend the patients in Santo Domingo – a place demolished three years ago by the earthquake. Still, the access to medical assistance there is very limited.


Intensive work takes place in two rooms at the same time – Dr. Włodarek receives 25 people a day in the dental office. Many of them are children whose teeth is so bad that it can be only extracted. Dr. Gradek attends her patients the next door – every day around 25. Usually people suffering from degenerative joint disease visit her office. After 10 hours of patient consultations, doctors prepare their offices for the next people waiting for a diagnosis. They still have much to do – Santo Domingo witnesses a high demand for medical assistance.

Dr. Joanna is a surgeon, volunteer, paramedic cooperating with Polish Center for International Aid within Polish Emergency Medical Team. Dr. Urszula is a dentist with 25 years of experience. Together, they decided to go to Ecuador to fulfill a specific mission.