The 5-O project in La Paz, the capital of the Baja California Sur (Lower California South), is a Nursing School established in 1992 offering all subjects of nursing. The majority of students come from poor villages outside La Paz and go back to their local areas after graduation to work as nurses who are in great demand because of the scarcity of health facilities.
Each year, about 250 students enroll for their three-year education, after which they go into professional practice for a year and conclude with an official exam. This leads to a professional diploma that is recognised in any Health Institute.
Scholarships are donated by BPW Mexico to students with low economic resources enabling them to become educated. Donations are also given for the expansion construction of the school buildings.
In October 2003 the School became the first Educational Institute in Mexico to be certified with the ISO 9001:2000 norm, which reflects the quality of the training.
School of nursing-new uniforms were sewn & delivered by members of BPWI Canada.
Annual scholarships (US $60/student) donated by BPWI members.
Chonchanok Viravan, BPW International President (centre), visiting La Paz in October 2005 with Dr Salazar Salazar (right) and Yasmin Darwich, former health chair (left), with nurses in training