The Human Dimension & Why It Matters
The expanding tourism industry has impacted the Galapagos’ local population by contributing to economic change and social issues.
A Healing Hand | 2009

Dr. Karina Leon Ponce is a gynecologist and the director of the Ministry of Public Health on Isabela Island, which is a two hour boat ride from the nearest major hospital. While it was renovated in 2008, the health center lacks the ability to do surgeries.

"As a director, I have to fight to get better things here in Isabela."
-Karina León Ponce