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DIF - System for the Development of Family

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

DIF is a government agency for the under-privileged adults and children in the area.

Each year DIF provides Christmas presents to these children, based on their school attendance. These toys are the only Christmas gifts most of these children receive, as their parents cannot afford to buy such luxuries.

Eagle Wings Foundation has been a strong supporter of this program for several years. The parade and distribution of the toys is a heart-rending experience. Between EWF and the Rotary Club, over five thousand toys are disturbed in the surrounding small poor towns.

DIF also offers many other programs, such as a medical program which not only provides the usual medical services but also canes, walking canes for the blind, walkers and crutches.  DIF also supports the Asilo program which provides care and lodging for the indigent who have no families.

The Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (SNDIF) is a public institution in charge to implement, apply, and give dimension to the public policies in the social assistance scope.

The SNDIF has its background in the Gota de Leche Program that in 1929 gathered a group of Mexican women concerned with the nourishment of boys and girls from the Mexico City surroundings.

From Gota de Leche, the Asociacion Nacional de Proteccion a la Infancia is created and it started receiving support from the Loteria Nacional para la Beneficiencia Publica.

On January 31, 1961, taking as basis the school breakfasts, the Instituto Nacional de Proteccion a la Infancia (INPI) was created by Presidential Decree as a decentralized institution, which generated a social attitude of great sympathy and support towards infancy.

On July 15, 1968, the Institucion Mexicana de Asistencia a la Niñez (IMAN) was created, also by Presidential Decree, with an orientation to take care of boys and girls who were orphans, abandoned, helpless, disabled, or having certain diseases. Later, in the seventies, the Instituto Mexicano para la Infancia y la Familia is created.

And so in 1977, by Presidential Decree, the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) was created by the merging of the Instituto Mexicano para la Infancia y la Familia (IMPI) and the Institucion Mexicana de Asistencia a la Niñez (IMAN).

Today, DIF is going through a consolidation phase and organic reorganization as part of an administrative modernizing process that will allow it to adapt to the new conditions of the Social Assistance in Mexico so it can be prepared for the challenges that the future will bring.

DIF Family & Social Programs

Attention Program for the Infancy and Adolescence:

This program promotes public policies through prevention and attention strategies to influence in the integral development of girls, boys, and adolescents in vulnerable situations. By this means, it promotes the full exercise of their rights bringing them the opportunity of receiving an integral formation.

Although it is responsibility of state and municipal DIF offices to implement this program, its execution also depends on the participation of families, communities, and public and private sectors.

This program is regulated by operation rules and to achieve its objectives it counts with different actions and strategies.

Disabled Persons Attention Program:

The objective is to give integral rehabilitation services to population with disabilities or at risk of presenting it, as well as to plan, organize, and control the operation and follow up of the Centers, Basic and Mobile Rehabilitation Units with the purpose of contributing to their social integration.

The policies or operation strategies are

  • to elaborate, establish, give follow up and evaluate the policies and guidelines in valuating, treatment, and social integration of the persons with disabilities of the National System rehabilitation services.
  • to watch the functioning of the rehabilitation operational statues in the states as well as carrying out the work programs accordingly with the collaboration agreements stated with States DIF.
  • to participate in updating the norms in rehabilitation matters as well as in promotional and academic events concerning attention of disabled persons.
  • to participate in making the directories of rehabilitation services institutions existing in the county.
  • to compile the information of the institutional resources, services rendered, and the characteristics of the assisted population of the National System Rehabilitation Services.

Lines of Action are

  • to integrate the work annual program of the National System of Rehabilitation Services.
  • to supervise the policies, systems and operational and functioning procedures of the rehabilitation centers and basic and mobile rehabilitation units.
  • to compile the information and keep the situational diagnosis updated of the rehabilitation centers and basic and mobile rehabilitation units.
  • to give counseling and technical support to the State and Municipal DIF Systems on rehabilitation matter and social integration of disabled persons.

Family Legal Assistance:

The objective of this service is to give legal assistance in family matters, in order that any person has access to justice in equal circumstances. This service is free of charge and can be requested by any person facing some type of family legal problem such as: divorce, loss of head of household, child support, etc.

Families and Vulnerable Population:

This program is a strategy on the long run designed to prevent social vulnerability, through community development actions, legal orientation, and social integration, that allow to increase the level of life of the most unprotected population so they can achieve social development.

This program is governed by operation rules and counts on different actions and strategies to achieve its objectives.


Prevention is one of the three pillars that sustain the new approach of social assistance in Mexico (prevention, professional training, and co-responsibility). It refers to identify and attend all causes that provoke vulnerability before it is presented with its effects.

Taking care of vulnerability causes and preventing them will avoid reaching painful situations of a more complex solution.

How You Can Help Desarrollo Integral de la Familia

Donate through Eagle's Wings Foundation

These are more than thirty organizations that rely on donations and grants from the Eagle's Wings Foundation for their existence. It is our hope that you see the great poverty and needs of those who have so little.

As generous as our donors are, we never have enough to provide assistance to all of the worthy organizations asking for our help. I should point out that any group asking for aid is carefully screened and must provide receipts for each dollar they spend.

One of the requirements for the use of grant money is that it must be spent to help people directly. It cannot be used for such things as salaries or administration.

We hope you better understand the work of EWF and will make a donation. Anything you give will be greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to "Eagles Wings Foundation" and mail to:

Universal Vacation Club-Eagles Wings Foundation
c/o Ms. Ana Galvan
404 Camino Del Rio South, Fourth Floor
San Diego, CA 92108

Or, email the local office of DIF for more information at

Last updated: September 27, 2019 · Charity ID: 512

Partner for Change

Opticas Alvarez

Visit Doctors Agustin and his wife Kelly to see how they can help you enjoy the world one view at a time. They have offices in Plaza Caracol and in Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta, and speak fluent English.

Donate a Toy for Low-Income Children with 'Gifts of Love'


The goal is to reach 5,000 toys to distribute on January 4, 2020 to boys and girls from the different colonies of Puerto Vallarta.

Sixteenth Race Against Addictions by Youth Integration Centers

CIJ Puerto Vallarta

Substance dependence is a disease that impacts the whole society and not only the people who suffer from it, so actions must be promoted to promote healthy lifestyles, in which families and society in general participate.

'New Drugs and its Impact on Young People' by CIJ

Juvenile Integration Center

The consumption of psychoactive substances is one of the most relevant public health problems in our society, in which multiple variables are involved that are more complex than their comprehension and analysis.

Charity Chili Cook-Off at El Rio BBQ in Paso Ancho

American Legion Post 14

Jim Sullivan will again chair this year's "All you can eat" chili feast, featuring recipes from some 18 popular PV area bar restaurants and sponsors - all competing for trophies and bragging rights.

PV Poker Tour Fundraiser Sponsored by Local Restaurants

American Legion Post 14

The Annual PV Poker Tour sponsored by Murphy's Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, Escondida, Gringo Loco, All Access & Bar La Playa, Kelly's Pour Favor and Devil’s Bar will be held on Saturday January 12th at 1:00 pm.

American Legion Remembrance & Veterans Day Event

American Legion Post 14

To honor service members of the U.S. and Canadian armed forces the American Legion and Jay Sadler Project is organizing a Veteran's / Remembrance memorial on November 11th.

Puerto Vallarta to Open Justice Center for Women

Vallarta Daily News

To encourage a life free of violence, the Attorney General of the State and DIF Jalisco asked the business sector, civil society and personnel of the municipal government to collaborate with the Justice Center for Women.

14th Puerto Vallarta International Festival of Altruism


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Anglers Win Big at Los Muertos Fishing Tournament

Vallarta Opina

The fish that are presented to the judges are cooked for the attending people as part of the party and they also deliver approximately 250 thousand pesos in prizes.

Local DIF Extends Collection Centers for Mexico Earthquake Donations

Vallarta Daily

The System for the Integral Development of the Family acknowledged the solidarity of the people in Puerto Vallarta who donated items at area collection centers over the last 10-days to help victims of the earthquake that struck Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Featured Interview: The American Legion Post 14, One Plus One Equals Three


The Post 14 has been in Puerto Vallarta for around eight years now and it has almost 100 members. Raising thousands of dollars in donations they help veterans and their families during times of need and also to non-profit local charities.

DIF Prepares Activities in Puerto Vallarta for Indigenous People's Day

Vallarta Opina

In order to promote the culture, rights and cosmovision of indigenous peoples, the DIF System chaired by Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos is organizing a series of activities from August 5 to 11.

ECOntainer Opens in Vallarta for Ecological Awareness Actions

Vallarta Opina

It is a projection room built inside a marine waste container, whose electrical operation is through panels and a group of batteries capable of storing energy, making this an autonomous and sustainable space.

First Annual Puerto Vallarta Summer Mango Festival

American Legion Post 14

Enjoy various dishes of the King of Tropical Fruit provided by local restaurants and vendors. Families flock to celebrate the sweetest produce of the summer - mangoes!

Puerto Vallarta Hosts 'Drug Use: Risks and Consequences' Conference

Juvenile Integration Center

As part of the closure of the event, some of the attendees were involved, providing diverse opinions against drug use, due to the serious consequences they have on the general population, and thus is considered a public health problem.

Vallarta Pride 2017 Breaks All Attendance Records

Vallarta Pride

The Pride Parade broke its own record of attendance, with more than 7,000 spectators and more than 60 floats participating.

Volunteers from Yoga Retreat Contribute to the Puerto Vallarta Community

American Legion Post 14

The group came to PV for a week of yoga and rest and relaxation. The ladies wanted to contribute to the community while on their retreat.

Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra and Musical Arts Institute of Vallarta Concerts

Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra

The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, Vallarta's first and only youth-based jazz orchestra, will return to The Jazz Foundation on June 4 at 7:00 pm for another presentation in their First Sunday Of The Month concert series.

Mayor Announces Two Major Programs to Support Vallarta Schools

Noticias PV

Mayor Arturo Davalos confirmed that his government is an ally of education by publicizing the programs of "Safety in Schools" and "Schools of Quality", both with municipal resources.

13th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Vallarta-Nayarit Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

New Boardwalk in Boca de Tomatlan Opens Just in Time for Easter Holidays

Puerto Vallarta Government

Puerto Vallarta started the holiday period of Easter premiering a new Malecon (Boardwalk) in Boca de Tomatlan, a dignified space that opened last Friday.

A Record Turnout Enjoyed the 5th Annual American Legion Charity Chili Cook-Off

American Legion Post 14

The American Legion and Nacho Daddy won bragging rights by sharing the top prizes at the 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off at beautiful El Rio BBQ.

Dinner/Auction Benefit for RISE Children's Shelter


Attendees once again will be treated to amazing food from many of Vallarta's finest restaurants, terrific live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and LOTS of fun.

Murphy's Irish Pub Gears Up With Two Early St. Patrick's Fundraisers

American Legion Post 14

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with Murphy's Irish Pub on the Malecon charity benefits to support the Playground Project in Vista Hermosa.

How to Obtain Your Senior Citizen Discount Card in Puerto Vallarta


It provides for significant discounts on a number of items, such as bus and domestic airline fares, movies, museums, and some restaurant and retail purchases, including pharmaceuticals.

Chili Cooks and Musical Groups Tune Up for 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off

American Legion Post 14

Last year's cook-off drew upwards of 500 chili and music lovers. It's expected that this year's event will meet or even exceed that number.

Five Nights of Grand Pub Quiz Tournament 2017 Fundraiser to Build New Playground

American Legion Post 14

We hope you'll join us for 5 nights of trivia, fun and drinks and helping a great project!

DIF Toy Collection Drive for Underprivileged Children in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Opina

The day of delivery of toys will be on January 7th when 30 teams including employees of DIF and donors who wish to accompany them will meet with each group going to a sector of the municipality and deliver the gifts to the children in different colonies.

His Will, His Way Ministries Seeks 'Parents' for New Children's Shelter

His Will, His Way Ministries PV

We need two sets of parents for the CompasionNet Church home. If you are in your 40 to 60's and would like to love and help kids have a real set of part time parents, we can use your help.

American Legion & Navy League Events for Veterans and Remembrance Day

American Legion Post 14

American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League invite all American, Canadian and Mexican citizens to celebrate these commemorative holidays with events on November 11th and 12th.

Eagle Wings Foundation Presents Major Donation for 32 Altruistic Organizations

Vallarta Opina

This year resources of 2,591,200 pesos were granted to 32 associations by the Eagle Wings Foundation with the support of Villas Group Resort, which was recognized by the Mayor and the President of DIF.

'Man of Flame' Sculpture Donated to PV Bomberos on National Firefighters Day

Vallarta Opina

The sculpture "Man of Flame" ("El Hombre de Flama") was unveiled by the artist Francisco Sanmiguel, who narrated about how he was rescued from death by lifesavers, so he decided to donate the piece he had created in appreciation.

Vallarta's 4th National Job Fair Offers Work for Disabled and Elderly

Nuestras Noticias

More than 600 vacancies will be offered on Friday August 19 at the 4th National Job Fair for People with Disabilities and the Elderly, which will be held at the Hidalgo Park in Downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta June Newsletter from American Legion Post 14

American Legion Post 14

Greetings from sunny and warm Puerto Vallarta. Please enjoy the latest newsletter from American Legion Post 14. Feel free to pass this newsletter along to friends, relatives, and other Vets.

American Legion to Sponsor Free Memorial Day Event for Veterans at Steve's Sports Bar

American Legion Post 14

Steve's Sports Bar will host a Memorial Day event, offering two free drinks and a hot dog to every military veteran who wishes to come. There will also be a 50/50 raffle for prizes.

Breakfast Fundraiser for Needed Repairs on Vallarta's Oldest Daycare Center


We are speaking of the oldest day care center in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The center is run by DIF and supports more than 100 preschool children for parents that work and have no way of doing so without the help of this daycare.

American Legion Post 14 Vallarta April Newsletter

American Legion Post 14

This is the first of a series of Newsletters I hope to publish on a fairly regular basis over the next few months. The purpose of these Newsletters is to inform, encourage, and entertain. All suggestions are welcome.

12th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Vallarta-Nayarit Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2016, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Aquaventuras Park Vallarta Provides Dolphin Therapy for Kids with Disabilities

Vallarta Opina

The Dolphin Assisted Therapy (Terapia Asistida por Delfines - TAD) is a set of aquatic methods, physical and emotional rehabilitation, where the dolphins play a key role in the process.

Autumn Festival Continuous Buffet Fundraiser at Coco Tropical

American Legion Post 14

Join us on Thursday, November 12 from 5:30 until 9:00 pm for our Autumn Festival Fundraiser and enjoy a continuous buffet of the delicious cuisine from the Coco Tropical Restaurant and Beach Club.

Veterans and Remembrance Day Observed by American Legion and Navy League of PV

American Legion Post 14

The Navy League of Vallarta and The American Legion Post 14 invite Americans, Canadians and Mexican Citizens to pay tribute to those who gave their lives so the world could live in peace.

DIF of Puerto Vallarta Food Drive Collection Campaign for Families in Need


As part of the commemoration of World Food Day, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta has started the collection of non-perishable food items which will run until October 30, 2015.

'Adopt a Grandparent' Program in Puerto Vallarta


The System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta, invites the public to participate in the program 'Adopt a Grandparent' through which they can live, learn and share experiences with our senior citizens.

DIF Recognizes Volunteers in a Special Ceremony

Vallarta Tribune

For their important work and selfless support given to the most vulnerable people in the municipality, DIF of Puerto Vallarta awarded women volunteers who along with this healthcare organization worked to help the elderly and the most vulnerable populations.

Major Reforestation Project Continues in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Another 50 trees have been added to the municipal DIF and 500 have been planted in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in addition to the 300 already planted in San Vicente and the 100 in the Municipality.

'Put Yourself in My Place and Not in My Space' Campaign for Disabled Parking

AZ Noticias

One intention of this project is that the Municipal DIF will "find people who are parked in places for disabled people and that they will receive a significant fine from Municipal Transit," said the Director of Municipal DIF.

Collection Booths Set Up by DIF to Support Less Fortunate in Vallarta


In order to provide timely care to vulnerable families, especially during the rainy season, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta, has launched a campaign for the collection of food and household necessities.

Banderas Bay American Legion Scores Big Again at the Chili Cook-Off Festival

American Legion Post 14

The American Legion Post 14 scores big again with over 500 hungry people attending their 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Festival at El Rio BBQ in Paso Ancho.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Soccer Cup, Film Fest, Kirtan Chanting, Harley Davidson Rally, Chili Cook-Off, Chacala Music Festival, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

American Legion 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Festival at El Rio BBQ

American Legion Post 14

Doors will open at 1:00 pm on March 14. Mariachis will perform from 12:30 to 2:00 then Mikki Prost, Murphy's Dave Whitty & Matt Cooke and finishing the entertainment with Nacho Daddy's Texas Embassy Blues Band.

Now Amber Resorts Gives Back to the Community in Puerto Vallarta

Now Amber Resorts

Our family of Now Amber employees pride ourselves not only on the outstanding service we provide for our guests, but also everything we do for the local community.

Eddie's on the River Creates Surprise 'Fun Day' for the Kids of RISE Shelter


Eddie and his wife Alejandra rented jump houses, supplied face painters, fed the kids all the hot dogs they could eat, had plenty of candy and created a special day to live on in the memory of these special children.

Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest Charity Golf Event

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The proceeds from this friendly golf tournament will be handed over to the DIF departments in Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta; this is an opportunity to play golf and hobnob with the legends of rock that will be playing at the Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest.

Latest Charity News from His Will, His Way Ministries in Puerto Vallarta

His Will, His Way Ministries

We are now providing $400 of milk and $150 to $200 of prescription drugs for the children each month at Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Quiroz Orphanage. We can't thank you enough for your continued support of these basic needs for the children.

Updated Lineup for Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest

Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest

Supported by the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit Tourism Boards, the four-day event will include 3 days of classic rock music performances, a showcase gallery of famous album cover art and concert photography, a charity golf outing, and parties.

IOM Works with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Combat Child Trafficking

International Organization for Migration

The Puerto Vallarta project aims to improve both quantitative and qualitative data and information available to formulate strategies and action programmes for combating human trafficking at the local level.

Our Trials as Parents of 7 Year Old 'Dante' Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder


In Dante's first 3 years, he was a prominent child who excelled with maturity and progress in reading, writing and activities in general and used terms of adults in proper speech.

Government Delivers Prostheses to Nayarit Citizens

Government of Nayarit

The delivery was chaired by the President of DIF Nayarit, Ana Lilia Lopez de Sandoval, where she asked the recipients to enjoy the opportunity to receive these prostheses and giving them the chance to feel whole and autonomous.

Grab a Paint Brush and Join in Refurbishment of Puerto Vallarta's DIF Senior Home

American Legion Post 14

On Wednesday, August 13 we are returning to the Senior Home to finish the electrical and could use a few people to paint. If interested, transportation can be arranged.

School of Deaf's Athletes Recognized by DIF Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Municipal Government

The players will be participating in the national stage to be held in September in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and will represent Puerto Vallarta and the state of Jalisco.

ComRel at DIF Senior Home with USCGC BERTHOLF and PV's Navy League

American Legion Post 14

Each U.S. Ship and its crew, at their arrival to Puerto Vallarta, with our Navy League members, take part in a communitarian aid social program aimed to promoting a cultural approach between both nations.

DIF & VOSH Northwest to Provide Free Eye Exams and Glasses to 2,700 Vallarta Citizens


Miguel Angel Soto Barajas, Deputy Director of DIF, reported that on June 20 until June 25 that they will be offering the free clinic at the Centro de Capacitacion (Training Center) in the colony of Coapinole.

Department of Child Protection Voluntary System Facility Reopens in Vallarta


In order to provide services with quality and warmth through programs of the Department of Child Protection (DPI), the Voluntary System of Puerto Vallarta DIF reopened their facilities on Wednesday to serve approximately one thousand children and youth.

His Will, His Way Ministries Makes a Difference in Banderas Bay

His Will His Way Ministries

Read about all the wonderful work Dennis & Faye Janson are doing in our community along with all the incredible volunteers in changing lives around Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

DIF Delivers 102 Wheelchairs to Vallarta's Low Income Disabled Citizens


System for Integral Family Development of Puerto Vallarta and the Department of Social Development delivered 102 wheelchairs to people with low income in the municipalities of Puerto Vallarta and Tomatlan thanks to the teamwork between municipal authorities and the Club Tomatlense.

2nd Annual Chili Cook Off Sponsored by American Legion and Navy League

American Legion Post 14

Join us on March 29 at El Rio BBQ in Puerto Vallarta for an all you can eat chili, entertainment and help us judge over 15 recipes from local restaurants and individuals while supporting our local non-profit organizations.

Fashion Show to Benefit the Vallarta Department of Child Protection

Puerto Vallarta Municipal Government

Around 300 attendees are expected at Strana on February 28, who, besides enjoying a fun evening, will support the needed restoration of the DPI facilities such as painting, roofing, expanded offices and restrooms.

San Pancho a Stand-Out in Conservation and Ecotourism in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The Centro Cultural las Fabricas de San Pancho A.C. was created in response to community efforts that include environmental education, recycling, species conservation, promotion of the arts and sports plus a very inclusive culture.

Puerto Vallarta Poker Tour Fundraiser by American Legion Post 14

American Legion Post 14

All skill levels of poker players are invited to join us on Saturday, February 15, for our always fun and popular Poker Tour Fundraiser. 50% of the proceeds from the donation ticket sales will be divided between Corazon de Nina and Youth Sports.

Ice Rink Opens in Puerto Vallarta Just in Time for the Holidays

Vallarta Opina

The Patinolandia ice rink is located at the Sports Stadium in the San Jose del Valle colony of Puerto Vallarta. Everybody is invited to enjoy the ice rink with free admission until January 18, 2014.

Wheelchairs for Christmas in Puerto Vallarta from DIF and Rotary Club


The "Devices That Give Movement" program by COMUDIS, in association with DIF and the Rotary Club South, provided early Christmas present wheelchairs to twelve of Puerto Vallarta's disabled citizens.

Riviera Nayarit Tourism Attractions Encourage Environmental Education

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Dolphin Adventures offers a program to raise ecological awareness by incentivizing its visitors to protect and care for the environment. They welcome 21 thousand children from different schools each year, who come to enjoy themselves while learning to care for the planet.

U.S. Coast Guard Volunteer Crews Perform Community Service in Puerto Vallarta


The city of Puerto Vallarta has been visited by three vessels of the U.S. Coast Guard in working together with DIF and the PV Navy League in conjunction with the community social work of "Comrell's Program."

Third Edition of 'Race Blind' Along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon


Twenty-five teams competed in this one kilometer race along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon to learn how it is in the daily life of people with visual impairment. Sighted participants wore blindfolds as they teamed up with unsighted partners.

First Conference on Human Trafficking to be Held in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Government

The Human Trafficking Conference to be held on November 21st and 22nd, addresses strategies for the defense of children and adolescents in modern slavery and "building bridges with a link between Government, Society and Academia."

Special Needs Children in Vallarta Receive Dolphin Therapy


The Dolphin Assisted Therapy is available free at Vallarta Adventures to 30 of our special children each month who are affected with Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Muscular Dystrophy.

DIF Reinforces Community Development Program

The System for the Integral Development of the Family of Puerto Vallarta is instrumental in reinforcing the program of community development, starting at the educational levels of the rural municipal communities.

Top Notch Prescription Eye Care in Puerto Vallarta

PV Guide

We take in the world with our eyes, admiring its wonder and appreciating its beauty. However, when our vision is impaired, we can no longer fully enjoy the things around us. This is when it’s time to visit Opticas Alvarez in Puerto Vallarta.

Registration Opens to Provide Mobility Equipment to Disabled Citizens of Vallarta

AZ Noticias

The International Push Foundation, in coordinattion with the Municipal DIF and the Rotary Club South of Puerto Vallarta, has successfully delivered mobility equipment to 112 citizens and is preparing the next delivery scheduled for early next year.

'Life Insurance for Mother Heads of Family' Implemented in Puerto Vallarta

AZ Noticias

This program incorporates those single mothers, widows or divorcees who are between 12 and 68 years of age and are the head of household. Currently, the Municipal Institute of Women has 1,500 on record as heads of household and that are already pre-registered for this program.

Learn a New Trade in Vallarta at the Center for Training and Community Development

AZ Noticias

On September 2, 2013, with the beginning of the school year 2013-2014 at the Center for Training and Community Development, 18 workshops will be offered to the population of Puerto Vallarta to learn a new trade and/or start their own business.

Barcelo Hotel Mismaloya Beach Donates to Five Local Charities

Observatorio Bahia

Hotel managers made delivery of the donation to the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) Vallarta, headed by Magaly Fregoso Ortiz, who then made arrangements for delivery to the five non-profit organizations.

Mayor of Puerto Vallarta Officially Supports Local Soccer Team


It has been officially announced that the Hipocampos Vallarta Third Division Futbol team will be given full support by the Municipal Government, which is one of the commitments and objectives of Mayor Ramon Guerrero Martinez in his program for "physical health and recreation for the people of Vallarta."

Booth Installed on Puerto Vallarta Malecon Provides Mobility Equipment


In addition to supplying walking aids to the citizens and tourists of Vallarta, this booth also sells handicrafts made in local workshops by our disabled, giving them an opportunity to earn an income.

DIF Vallarta Provides Women's Workshops for Personal Achievement

Observatorio Bahia

Weekly workshops in Puerto Vallarta teach women positive attitudes as the National Association for Personal Achievement AC (ANSPAC) guidelines create awareness that affects all areas of the women's lives including partners, children, family and all relationships.

Motocross DIF Friendship Race 2013 Comes to Puerto Vallarta

Observatorio Bahia

This event is to support the providing of furniture in the "We Help You Move" brigade, which has benefited more than 4,500 users in the 26 days of operation in 15 colonies of the municipality, involving the Dreams and Secrets Hotels.

'Dinner With a Cause' Fundraiser for PV Firefighters & Lifeguards

Bomberos of Puerto Vallarta

On Saturday evening, June 29th, we have the opportunity to thank the 90 men and women of the Puerto Vallarta Fire Department by attending 'Cena con Causa' coordinated by DIF Puerto Vallarta.

'Justice for Seniors' Daytime House Opens in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Today/NNC

This institute of integral care for seniors, according to Magaly Fregoso Ortiz, president of the DIF, represents the fulfillment of one of the most important commitments of this department and its administration.

Senior Citizen Discount Card for ExPats in Vallarta

American Legion Post 14

The INAPAM Card is available to national or foreign persons who have reached the age of sixty (60) and who have residency status in Mexico and provides significant discounts. The card is free and available at DIF Vallarta.

Art Auction to Benefit Hearing and Speaking Impaired

Virtual Vallarta

The auction at La Cuiza is the brainchild of five local friends, along with the center's directors and volunteers, who are hoping to provide for 21 children that rely on the organization to thrive and prosper. Help support our children of Vallarta on April 24.

Second Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Lou Gehrig's Disease Sufferers

Vallarta Opina

A couple of years ago, Captain Alejandra Lemus, Ex-Director of Operations of the Flamingos Golf Club, was diagnosed with ALS. A fundraiser golf tournament in her honor was held last year. It was such a great success that there will be the Second Annual ALS Golf Tournament on May 25.

Puerto Vallarta Beefs Up Security Precautions for Easter Holiday Weeks

Prensa Global

With the participation of the Navy, Army, State Civil Protection, State Ministry of Health and Municipal Offices, these organizations have banded together for the safety of our locals and visitors during these two weeks of high tourism and activities.

Indigenous People are Grateful to DIF Vallarta

AZ Noticias

Among the priority projects of the DIF System Puerto Vallarta, headed by its President Magaly Fregoso Ortiz, is the rescue of values found in the family and the traditions of the Mexican culture through the various indigenous ethnic groups.

DIF Vallarta Delivers Winter Clothing to Low-Income Families

Puerto Vallarta Government

With the arrival of the winter season in the hills and valleys of Puerto Vallarta, DIF, System for the Full Development of the Family, comes to the aid of the needy families in supplying them with warm clothing.

'Road to Bethlehem' Presented by Vallarta's Municipal Shelter Children

Vallarta Opina

Between songs, carols, street dance, the majesty of acrobatics in fabrics, a very funny script and all the sparks of small actors, it was a huge success and the ticket donations will be used by the shelter in purchasing medication for the children.

Wheelchair and Mobility Equipment Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Mexico Accessible

At Mexico Accessible, caring is our motive, and we are able to provide equipment needed for people with disablilities, such as wheelchairs, roll-in showers, and other appliances delivered to your hotel. We also can provide special medical arrangements, such as oxygen.

'Operation Breathalyzer' Checkpoints for Drunk Drivers Around Banderas Bay

Que Hay

For your own safety, and the safety of others, it would be a good idea to leave your car at home if you are planning to enjoy some cocktails and don't have a designated driver. The hotel, restaurant or your host can call a taxi if there is not one handy.

DIF Vallarta Throws a Fiesta for 120 Children from Local Shelters


The boys and girls from the different orphanages and shelters in Puerto Vallarta were invited to La Bodeguita del Medio Cuban Restaurant for a fiesta of food, fun, making new friends and being reunited with their friends from other shelters.

"See Better 2012" Cataract Surgery Campaign in Puerto Vallarta

The campaign of "See Better 2012" fulfilled the goal of assisting more than one hundred people who needed cataract surgery by providing not only the operation but the further medical attention needed for a speedy recovery.

Eagle Wings Deliver 1.5M Pesos to Local Charities

Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alas de Aguila continues to improve lives of vulnerable Vallarta residents through various civil associations as part of their commitment to work together to lend support to a greater number of people.

DIF Provides Hearing Aids For Needy Citizens

Que Hay

DIF recently responded to the most vulnerable people in the municipality, those with limited resources, by providing those needy individuals with much-needed hearing aids.

DIF Sponsors Sports and Cultural Competition for Seniors

Vallarta Opina

The Municipal President, Salvador Gonzalez Resendiz, commended the participants for their enthusiasm, "They are a true example to be followed and the work we do from the Municipal Government is to give back to them a little of all that they have done in creating the Puerto Vallarta we have today."

Rotary Club and DIF Vallarta Cataract Surgery Drive

The Municipal DIF System of Puerto Vallarta as part of the Comprehensive Care Disabilities Program (PAID) with the support of the Rotary Club Puerto Vallarta has begun a drive for cataract surgery with the intention of restoring sight to the elderly.

DIF Provides Scholarships and Academic Training

The Municipal System for Integral Family Development (DIF) remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable families in Puerto Vallarta through care programs and providing scholarships and training for children and adolescents.

DIF Launches Free Wheelchair Campaign

Through the Comprehensive Care Program for Persons with Disabilities (PAID), the DIF continues to benefit hundreds of people living with disabilities, with the goal of achieving greater inclusion in society.

Special Needs Children Swim With the Dolphins

As part of the activities of the Integral Family Development System (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta through the Comprehensive Care Program for Persons with Disabilities (PAID), the end of the school year was marked with the Special Education Scholarships 2011-2012 at Aquaventuras Park.

Children from Nueva Vida Shelter Rewarded with Visit to Vallarta Zoo

As a small recognition of the Nueva Vida Shelter for their excellent academic performance during the school year that just concluded, the children were taken on a guided tour of the Vallarta Municipal Zoo by the System for Integral Family Development.

DIF Recognizes Braille and Computer Course Participants

Rebecca Rodriguez, one of the main supporters of the Bay Visually Handicapped, was pleased by the joint work between the charitable organization, the DIF and the city of Puerto Vallarta.

Altruistic Entrepreneur 2012 Awarded to Local Restauranteurs

The Altruistic Entrepreneur 2012 award was given to businesswoman Eva Sanchez, owner of the restaurant River Cafe and Chef Thierry Blouet, owner of the restaurants Thierry's in Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita, who have a long history of charitable works.

DIF Summer Courses for Adults and Children

In order to develop the skills and abilities of both young and old, the Municipal System for Integral Family Development (DIF), offers summer courses at the Community Development and Training Center, as well as the Department of Child Protection.

DIF Joins Forces With Visually Impaired Organization

Que Hay

With this agreement, Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia now has a meeting place for group activities, as well as to receive classes and training courses to help them succeed.

CDMX to Host World Para Swimming and World Para Powerlifting Championships

Paralympic Games

It is the first time that Mexico City will stage a World Championships for either sport, with the swimming competition taking place 2-7 December and the powerlifting events being contested from 2-8 December.

One Quarter of Mexico’s Minors Living Without Parents

The News

Mexico’s Census of Population and Housing estimates that about a fourth of minors under 15 don’t live with their parents.

Nonprofit Offers Training and Classes to Mexico City's Wheelchair Users

CGTN America

Getting around in a wheelchair can be difficult, and the challenge is intensified when sidewalks and ramps are in poor condition or non-existent. But there’s an organization in Mexico City that’s teaching people in wheelchairs how to navigate life’s bumps.

Sala Uno Provides Low-Cost, High-Quality Eye Care for Low Income Patients in Mexico

CCTV America

The inspiration for this company is the idea of providing low-cost, high-quality health care for lower income patients, who make up 70 percent of the market in Mexico.

Caribbean, LatAm Bag 133 Medals at Rio Paralympics

News Americas

The Caribbean and Latin America finished with a whopping 133 medals in total as the curtains came down this weekend on the 2016 Paralympics.

Dancing in the Dark: A Psychotherapeutic Ballet for the Blind in Mexico

News Deeply

Using a form of dance that merges psychotherapy and ballet, teacher Lorena Nieva helps blind girls gain confidence, combat depression and rethink their limitations.

How Insects Are Advancing Hearing Aid Technology

The Conversation

The physiology of how insects process sound holds promises for developing hearing aid tech.

More Than 1500 Friendly, Exclusive Services for the Health Care of Mexico Youth

Secretaria de Salud

Dr. Pablo Kuri Morales, Mexico's undersecretary for disease prevention and health promotion, said that "we promote the culture of prevention within a framework of respect of human rights, equity and interculturality."

Low Cost, High Quality Eye Care for Low Income Patients in Mexico

CCTV America

CCTV America’s Franc Contreras explores how a Mexican eye care company is making a difference by mixing business with social service.

Curbing Early Childhood Stunting Could Save Mexico $18.5 Billion a Year

ZME Science

Developing countries stand to lose $177 billion each year due to delays in the physical development of children. Researchers say every dollar invested in curbing stunting could yield three-dollar return once these children reach a more productive adulthood.

Cuban Doctors Assess At-Home Public Healthcare Programs in Mexico City

Television del Sur

Cuba's Health Ministry sent a delegation of doctors to Mexico City in order to assess the impact of the program “The Doctor in Your House,” Mexico's Health Ministry reports.

This Device Can Help Those Without Sight Explore the World Better Than Ever

Toyota USA

When good ideas are shared, mobility is increased for all. See how Toyota is creating technology that will enable the visually impaired to navigate the world more easily.

Teenage Pregnancies in Mexico Considered Epidemic


Teen pregnancy has reached an epidemic level in Mexico, with about 400,000 cases each year accounting for 20 percent of pregnancies across the country, according to an expert.

Eye-Care Provider SalaUno Aims to Eliminate Needless Blindness in Mexico

Business Call To Action

A provider of low-cost, high-quality ophthalmic care to Mexico’s mid- and low-income populations, SalaUno, has joined the Business Call to Action with a plan to increase the number of patients it treats each year and expand its reach in Latin America by 2020.

Standardized Adoption Law Sought by Green Party to Reduce Number of Children in Orphanages

Mexico News Daily

According to data released by the national statistics institute, Inegi, there are over 30,000 children and teenagers living in state orphanages in Mexico. And the Children’s Rights Network warns there are another 29,000 living without the care of either relatives or institutions.

First Beach for the Disabled in Playa del Carmen

Riviera Maya News

The city of Playa del Carmen has the first inclusive beach for the disabled in Mexico. The area, which is located next to the main ferry dock, is outfitted with specialized personnel and equipment that allows disabled beachgoers the ability to relax, have fun and access the beach.

Teenage Cancer Survivor Used Her 'Make-A-Wish' to Tell Story of Sexual Abuse


18-year-old Lena Strickling assures the world that if she can survive cancer and sexual assault, so can anyone else.

Researchers in Mexico Develop Glove to Translate Deaf and Mute Language

Agencia EFE

Researchers at Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute have developed a glove that would translate text and sign languages to facilitate conversation between speech- and hearing-impaired people and those not conversant with sign language.

Detecting Eye Diseases with Smartphone Technology

Medical Xpress

Researchers at the Medical and Surgical Center for Retina have developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone.

Southwestern Eye Center's Mission to Mexico 2015


Watch 30 volunteers from Arizona's Southwestern Eye Center travel to Mexico to provide eye care and really make a difference in people's lives.

Immigration Officers Rescue 6,733 Children from Human Traffickers in Mexico

Latin American Herald Tribune

Mexican immigration officers rescued 6,733 minor illegal immigrants from human traffickers who had promised to deliver them to their families in the United States.

Amepi: Mexico Graduates' Robot Replaces Guide Dog

Mexico News Daily

The lifetime cost of keeping a guide dog in Mexico has been estimated at about 300,000 pesos, but an electronic version might soon be available for far less.

12 States Approve the General Law for the Rights of Children and Adolescents

The News

The project seeks to broaden cooperation and coordination between federal authorities, the Family Development Agency and states for the protection and restoration of children’s and adolescent’s rights.

How Good Is Your Eyesight? Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein: Who Do You See?


When you look at this photo, do you see Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein? This strange illusion makes for an interesting eye test and it has nothing to do with color or lighting. There’s really no trickery involved.

Mexico Has 95 Percent Vaccination Coverage

Riviera Maya News

For more than two decades, the Health Secretariat has promoted National Public Health Week and universal vaccination programs to help eradicate illnesses in Mexico.

Government Amends Mexican Healthcare Laws, Boosts Status of Optometry

Optometry UK

The Mexican government has amended the country’s health laws, boosting the status of optometry among other health professions.

Writers Create Comic Book for the Blind in Mexico


Because comic books contain such visual story lines, artists and writers have had a difficult time translating them into braille, until recently when creators of a braille comic book in Mexico City have released their latest work.

This Mexican Ad Blames Coke for the Country's Obesity Epidemic


In a powerful new public service announcement, the public health advocacy group El Poder del Consumidor seeks to turn even more Mexicans off sugary drinks and to drink water instead.

Mexican Students Develop a Translator Glove

Beta Wired

Manuel Alejandro Cervantes Jimenez, in his ninth semester of Mechatronic Engineering of college in Guadalajara states he wants to transform an audio device that translates the sign language alphabet, which he has called the Glove Translator.

Institute in Mexico Develops High-Tech Devices That Help the Blind 'See'

Wall Street Daily

If you thought ultrasound technology was just for monitoring unborn babies… think again. Researchers in Mexico have combined it with camera technology and GPS to create unique “smart glasses” that help blind people navigate.

Rancho Huacatay Offers Horseback Riding for People with Special Needs

Mexico News Daily

Equine therapy is a wonderful way for children stricken with cerebral palsy, paralysis, or any ailment that prevents them from walking, to experience the same thrill of being on horseback as their peers not inflicted with physical mobility problems.

SalaUno Founder Javier Okhuysen Aims to Eliminate Blindness in Mexico

CCTV America

In Mexico, 2 million people suffer from cataracts and even more from other eye-related health issues, making it the second leading cause of disability in the country. In order to combat this issue, Javier Okhuysen founded SalaUno.

Operating in Vacuum of Legislation, Many of Mexico's Orphanages Black Holes for Children

Inter Press Service

Homes for orphans or children in vulnerable situations in Mexico lack the necessary state regulation and supervision, which leads to scandalous human rights violations.

Mexican Team Builds Navigation Device for the Blind

Mexican researchers have developed an artificial intelligence navigation system for partially or totally blind people that can sense its surroundings in three dimensions.

'See Well to Learn Better' Program Helps Mexico's Visually Impaired Children


In order to improve the academic achievement of elementary school children with vision problems, delivery of eyeglasses was made to students from 490 schools in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

Mexico Pledges More Help for the Visually Impaired

The News

Mexico has joined 68 other countries in pledging increased access to literature for blind and visually handicapped people.

Mexico Tried Giving Poor People Cash Instead of Food. It Worked.


A new study adds to a growing pool of evidence that cash transfers actually aren't "wasted" on frivolous things and do improve poor peoples' lives in observable ways.

Disabled Given the Opportunity to Recover Their Social and Working Life in Mexico

The Jet Newspaper

The Mexican State of Chihuahua has implemented a successful rehabilitation and prostheses program for disabled people to recover their normal lives.

Blind Find Game In Mexico Soccer League

The Associated Press

As nations from around the globe battle in the World Cup, a more unusual soccer championship has just been decided on a hard court in Mexico's capital.

SNDIF: Some 70,000 Children Victims of Human Trafficking in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Some 70,000 children are victims of human trafficking, mainly for sexual exploitation purposes, said sources in a meeting this week in Mexico City.

To Fight Hunger, Mazatlan Fishermen Donate Free Fish to Poor Families

The Mazatlan Messenger

In keeping with the Mexican National Crusade Against Hunger, directors of the National Chamber of the Fish and Aquaculture Industry united their forces this week to donate two tons of fresh fish to 2,000 families with limited economic resources living on the periphery of the city.

Congress in Mexico Passes Optometry Regulations


Optometry in Mexico has taken a step forward in recognizing the health care profession as one that requires a university degree, according to a news release from the World Council of Optometry.

Births of Three in Ten Children Not Registered in Mexico, DIF Says

La Jornada

The head of the National System for Comprehensive Family Development stated that "In Mexico three out of ten children have no birth certificate, the document that identifies them as Mexicans and opens the door to rights such as education and health.¨"

Disabled Mexican Students Given Scholarships

The News

The Mexico State government and the state Family Development Agency last week presented the Disabled Scholarship Program, according to a state government press release.

Migrants Get Aid, Shelter for Winter on Mexico's Northern Border

The News

Winter clothing and blankets have been handed out to immigrants and those living on the streets in and around the border city of Reynosa, according to local DIF President Elvira Mendoza de Elias.

Dia de Reyes, a Celebration Bigger Than Christmas for Many Latin Americans


Three Kings Day or Dia de Reyes is January 6. This day is formally the Feast of the Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Gospel of Matthew says the Magi arrived bearing gifts for the divine child, Jesus.

Aguascalientes to Host Para-Cycling Track World Championships in 2014

The city of Aguascalientes in Mexico will host the Para-cycling Track World Championships next April as the competition returns to the calendar following an absence in 2013.

Silent Angels: Oaxaca Hires the Deaf for Government's Surveillance Cameras


Violent crime in Mexico has pushed Mexican law enforcement to find new ways to fight crime, and one of the most innovative experiments is taking place in Oaxaca.

Tijuana Begins Voluntary Relocation from Deportee Border Camps

U-T San Diego

Baja California authorities launched the dismantling of a homeless camp near the U.S. border that houses many deportees, a response to rising complaints that their presence has led to growing crime and drug-addiction problems near the downtown business district.

Government: We Have Met 74.5 Percent Of Millennium Development Goals

Agencia EFE

Mexico has met 74.5 percent of its Millennium Development Goals and is working to achieve the other targets set for 2015, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

Angels of Silence: Deaf Police Officers Monitor Oaxaca City Streets

Associated Press

A group called the Angels of Silence operates the city's surveillance cameras to look for crimes being committed on its streets.

Students Invent Glove to Help the Deaf Communicate

An invention by students at the Superior Technological Institute in Uruguay is helping the deaf and hearing-impaired break down social barriers by translating sign language into words.

Free Wheelchair Mission Announces Arrival of 550 Wheelchairs to Mexico

A full container of wheelchairs to be given to individuals with physical disabilities living in poverty in Mexico arrived this week.

Half of Mexico's Minors Don't Have Access to Health Care, Many Live in Poverty

La Jornada

A document, developed by Odisea AC, reveals the inequities that children and adolescents suffer from in 14 states of the country.

Free Surgeries for Yucatan Children With Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

The Yucatan Times

More than 450 children with strabismus problems, cleft palate, burns sequels and other sufferings will have the opportunity to have surgical procedures by medical experts from the Mercy Hospital of Iowa.

DIF Says Mexico's Kids Need Birth Certificates

The News

Family Development Agency (DIF) Consultative Council President Angelica Rivera has inaugurated a campaign to make sure Mexican children get their birth certificates.

Carlos Slim to Donate 100M Dollars to Fight Polio


Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim, who is the world's wealthiest man according to the US magazine Forbes, is to contribute 100 million dollars to a global organization dedicated to eradicating poliomyelitis within six years.

Momentum Towards Meeting the MDGs: 1,000 Days of Action Remain


Since their adoption in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals - the MDGs - have made a huge difference, helping to set global and national priorities and fuel action on the ground.

REDIM: Mexico Gov't is Passive in the Face of the Increase in Violent Deaths of Its Youth

La Jornada

The executive director of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico criticized the federal government for still not taking steps to avoid the "alarming" number of murders, suicides and other violence against minors.

Enrique Pena Nieto: DIF Essential for Achieving an Essential Mexico

Presidency of the Republic

On Wednesday, as president of Mexico and the husband of a great woman, I am confident that we have taken a step towards achieving the Inclusive Mexico we have set as a goal.

International Day Raises Awareness for Ear and Hearing Health

World Heath Organization

International Day for Ear and Hearing will be observed on March 3 across the world to raise awareness and promotes community-based activities for ear and hearing health.

Watch: Mexican Children Abandoned by Families Because of Disabilities

Attitude Pictures Ltd

Abandoned by their families because of their disabilities; Attitude TV goes to Mexico, where they discover why so many children are institutionalized.

Diabetes in Mexico a Challenge for Health Policy

Mexico has been experiencing some of the most rapid shifts ever recorded in dietary and physical activity patterns leading to obesity, playing a crucial role causing nearly 14% of all deaths.

Mexican First Lady Angelica Rivera to Head Social Welfare Institute


Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera will chair the Citizen's Consultative Council of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family, or DIF, President Enrique Pena Nieto's office said.

DIF Creates Domestic Violence Network with Quintana Roo Women's Institute

The News

Family Development Agency President Mariana Zorrilla de Borge signed an agreement this week with the Quintana Roo Women’s Institute to establish a network for the prevention of violence against women and to launch the Support for Women’s Organizations program in Quintana Roo.

Human Rights Day Spotlight on Women, Youth, Minorities, Disabiled, Indigenous, Poor

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

Angels of Silence: The Deaf Police Crime Fighters of Oaxaca

Boston Globe

Violent crime in Mexico has pushed Mexican law enforcement to find new ways to fight crime, and one of the most innovative experiments is taking place in Oaxaca.

Facing a Diabetes 'Disaster' in Mexico as Obesity Levels Soar

McClatchy Newspapers

With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease.

A Spandex-Clad Campaign Against Obesity in Mexico

The Christian Science Monitor

Obesity is a huge problem in Mexico. Diabetes is the country's biggest killer and around two thirds of the population is overweight. The government recently launched a new campaign, featuring much loved Lucha Libre fighters, to try to raise awareness of the issue.

Diabetes Shows Upward Trend In the Americas


Diabetes has become a leading cause of death and disability in the Region of the Americas, and if current trends continue, the burden of the disease will increase substantially over the next two decades, according to experts at PAHO/WHO.

DIF Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness in Mexico

The News

Family Development Agency (DIF) this week presented an informative pamphlet for breast cancer patients that will be distributed throughout the country, intended to inform patients and their family members about the illness.

Domestic Violence: A Continuing Problem in the Deaf Community

Are you or someone you know being hurt by someone you love or by someone you live with? Domestic violence is a hidden but common problem faced by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing. Find out more about it and locate resources to get help.

Angels of Silence: Deaf Police Officers Fight Crime in Oaxaca

Deaf police officers contribute to keeping Oaxaca’s historic center and surrounding area safe with their heightened vision and ability to read lips.

Undocumented Mexican Deaf-Mute Feared Dead in Sonora Desert

Latin American Herald Tribune

The family of an undocumented Mexican deaf-mute missing since April when he tried to cross the border into Arizona, asked the consul general of Mexico in Chicago to help them find him "dead or alive."

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