Cuenca, Ecuador


The study is conducted in the city Cuenca, which has a population of over half a million and is the third most populous city in Ecuador. According to 2010 census, 65% of the population lives in urban areas, which implies that more than 330,000 people are residing in the city. Cuenca's population is also quite young; more than a third is under age 20, and only 6% are over 65 years old. Although the poverty rate is one of the lowest in the country at 5% (the national average is 24%, mainly in rural areas) it is still a problem, and more than half of the teenagers start to work at 10-14 years of age. Another important aspect of the city is the low spatial segregation regarding to income, which has forced us to work in very peripheral areas of the urban sector where the composition of the population is more homogeneous and essentially poor.

Research Team

Our collaborating partner in Ecuador is the University of Cuenca.

Elisa Chilet Rosell, Primary Investigator

Elisa Chilet has a degree in Biology and a Master in Tropical Parasitology from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Alicante (Spain). Her research interests are focused in the study of health inequalities, especially gender inequalities. She also has participated as coordinator in the implementation of a Unit of Translational Health Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Alicante. Her collaboration with the University of Cuenca began in April 2014 as a researcher of the Prometeo Project of the National Secretary of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Ecuador. Currently, she is a researcher in the School of Medical Sciences, promoting activities to include the gender perspective in research. Contact Dr. Chilet.

José Ortiz, Subrogant Director GEAS-Ecuador

José Ortiz is Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. He holds a diploma in Higher Education in Health Sciences and a master's in University Teaching and Educational Research from the University of Cuenca, and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Alicante. His research interests are oriented towards sexual and reproductive rights and health. He has directed several investigations aimed at the improvement of obstetrical and neonatal care in coordination with the Latin American Center of Perinatology and the Pan American Health Organization. He is currently a teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Cuenca, promoting activities for the exercise of the rights of people for good living. Contact Dr. Ortiz.

María Jara Rodríguez Fariñas, Research Assistant

María Jara Rodríguez Fariñas studied Social Education and received a master's in Social Studies and Social Intervention in Immigrants Development and Vulnerable Groups. She holds a doctorate in Globalization and Social Change: Inequalities, Frontiers and Social Networks from the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Public Health at the University of Huelva (Spain). She has participated in a variety of research and intervention research related to the social ambit, specially with women. The first contact she had with the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) was with a research grant from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Spain and since that time she has participated in research projects related to Ecuador.