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On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Perú experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 500 people died, 37,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water. The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and many people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Perú on October 12, 2007 in an effort to assist those in need.

RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, provides all basic health services for free. To promote coresponsibility and sustainability, the clinic requests a minimal fee…

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On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Perú experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water. The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and many people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Perú on October 12, 2007 in an effort to assist those in need.

During this Quarter:

We received a pleasant visit from our founder, Dr. Martina Fuchs. We carried out work reunions with the whole…
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On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Perú experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water. The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and many people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Perú on October 12, 2007 in an effort to assist those in need.

The primary objective of our project is to bring long-term, quality healthcare to the earthquake victims who lost their homes, possessions, and, in…

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The primary objective of our project is to bring long-term, quality healthcare to the earthquake victims who lost their homes, possessions, and, in many cases, loved ones. The areas most affected were Pisco, Ica, Chincha, Cañete, and Huancavelica. The site of the RMF clinic is in San Clemente, Pisco. San Clemente is the poorest district of Pisco, and an overwhelming majority of people cannot afford to pay for health services. In addition, outreach programs have been initiated to address the health needs in remote and impoverished areas around San Clemente and Pisco. RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano,…

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On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Perú experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water. The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, and many people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Perú on October 12, 2007 in an effort to assist those in need.

The primary objective of our project is to bring long-term, quality healthcare to the earthquake victims who lost their homes, possessions, and, in…

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RMF has been working in Perú since 2007, when we arrived to offer long-term medical support to victims of the August 15th earthquake. 10 years later, our health clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, is still operating successfully in San Clemente, Pisco, providing free health care to those most in need. In addition to the medical services and outreaches provided by the clinic, in January 2017, Policlínico Peruano Americano began serving as a base of operations to collect and distribute food, clean water, clothing, and other supplies for flood victims.

In May 2017, after several planning sessions, meetings…

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Photo: PAMS and RMF Peru Clinic Staff gather before the first outreach day

Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS) at RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano   RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano in San Clemente has been serving the population of San Clemente since the August 2007 Pisco earthquake.   For the fourth consecutive year, a medical outreach mission was conducted for the populations surrounding San Clemente by the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS) and RMF Perú under the direction of PAMS Dr. Hugo Tapia.  This year’s mission was staffed with 3 volunteers in primary care specialties,…

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need.

Photo: RMF Founder/CEO, Dr. Martina Fuchs and the staff of the RMF Peru Clinic

The primary objective…

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need. 

The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake who had lost…

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need. 

The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake who had lost…

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need. 

Photo: Our partners of the Peruvian American Medical Society Medical kicking off their medical outreach at RMF clinic.

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need. 

The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake who had lost…

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On the 17th of December, our clinic staff in Peru, celebrated with an early Christmas party with some of the children and former patients of our clinic.  Thanks to the the contribution of friends and family, the party was held with gifts, food, and a musical clown show for the children.

   

This year the party was held at one of the local municipality community centers, and we were able to provide a total of 110 gifts for the children. 90 of these gifts were handed…

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Project Background

On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake…7.9 on the Richter scale.   Over 1,000 people died, 40,000 families were left without homes, and 150,000 people were left without water.  The majority of the health infrastructure was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and the people were in need of medical attention.  The Real Medicine Foundation team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those in need. 

The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake…

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Project Goal: To provide long-term comprehensive health assistance to the people in the province of Pisco (pop: 125,000), specifically in the district of San Clemente (pop: 30,000). 

Project Objectives: 1 – Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in the urgent care center “Policlínico Peruano Americano.”  San Clemente is a very impoverished area and all services are offered free of charge. Much attention is given towards prevention and health education within all facets of the clinic´s operation. 2 – To improve the comprehensive health of the community through outreach programs, educational programs, and public health…

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Project Goal: 
To provide long-term comprehensive health assistance to the people in the province of Pisco (pop: 125,000), specifically in the district of San Clemente (pop: 30,000).
 

Project Objectives: 
1 – Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in the urgent care center “Policlínico Peruano Americano.” San Clemente is a very impoverished area and all services are offered free of charge. Much attention is given towards prevention and health education within all facets of the clinic´s operation.
2 – To improve the comprehensive health of the community through outreach programs, educational programs, and public health initiatives

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First Quarter Clinic Report (January-March 2011) San Clemente, Peru

Project Goal: To provide long-term comprehensive health assistance to the people in the province of Pisco (pop: 125,000), specifically in the district of San Clemente (pop: 30,000).

 

Project Objectives:  

Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in the urgent care center “Policlínico Peruano Americano.” San Clemente is a very impoverished area and all services are offered free of charge. Much attention is given towards prevention and health education within all facets of the clinic’s operation. To improve the comprehensive health of the…
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Our clinic has moved to a new building with the sponsorship of the local authorities in San Clemente. This new location will cost less for us to rent and manage, and brings us closer in partnership with the local health and political representatives.

Below are a collection of photographs from the official inauguration with the local mayor and other dignitaries present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. More photos to come as we get settled into our new location.

 

     

 

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2010 QUARTERLY REPORT

During the October-December quarter, our staff in San Clemente has stayed busy through the holidays treating just over 60 patients a day. This quarter we received a total of 3,751 patients, a 368 patient increase over last quarter, 534 of which were new patients. We continue to make favorable experiences creating co-responsibility in our patient population through small and affordable charges to the patients that are able to afford payment.

Demographics of patients treated:

Gender:
 Males: 2,399
 Females: 1,352  

Age:
 29…

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In Peru, Christmas is fairly similar to celebrations held in the US and Europe, when many families get together, celebrate and exchange gifts. The well off families generaly eat turkey and eat Paneton (a cake/bread filled with fruits) and drink hot chocolate.

In the week preceding Christmas, it is also popular for communities, churches or charity organisations to organize “Chocolatadas” where people who make a Christmas gesture to poor children and families by offering them a cup of hot chocolate, food and perhaps small gifts.

Below are some of the fun photos of the Chocolotada that RMF…

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Policlínico Peruano Americano: Third Quarter Progress Report and update on Mission PAMS/DRI Donation

During the time period of June through August our staff in San Clemente has been busy treating patients both at the clinic in San Clemente and through outreach clinics in the surrounding communities.

Our clinic continues to receive an average of 60 patients a day and treated a total of 3,383 during the third quarter, with 469 of these first time patients. We continue to make favorable experiences creating co-responsibility in our patient population through small and affordable charges to the patients that…

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In August of 2009, Mr. Dan Smith, Director of Direct Relief International (DRI), contacted Real Medicine Foundation with the request to visit our clinic, the Policlínico Peruano Americano, in San Clemente, Peru. DRI soon followed up with the visit to the clinic and spent time visiting the facilities, researching our development, consulting our staff on their needs, and taking note of everything that they considered necessary for the clinic to function at a higher level. 

Shortly after this visit, DRI asked us to prepare to receive a container of a medical supply donation from DRI sometime in mid-2010.

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The motto for Real Medicine Foundation is “Friends Helping Friends.” With full embodiment of these words, our operation in Peru is certainly the collaboration of many. Here is an update of several recent collaborations with RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano in San Clemente/Pisco, Peru.

Direct Relief International

Direct Relief International has made yet another sizeable donation for which we are truly grateful! A ship currently bound for Peru, will soon be delivering a container filled with $17,000 worth of equipment, medicine, and medical supplies. The shipment includes an EKG, additional exam tables, hospital beds, nebulizers,…

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In March, RMF Country Director – Peru, Steve Henrichon, spent 5 days in Pisco visiting our Policlínico Peruano Americano. Much of his time was spent observing the clinic and determining which processes are most efficient as well as identifying which processes need improvement.

General Observations

The clinic has carved out a great reputation in the community. During my visit, 70 patients per day visited the clinic on average, and it’s not even winter yet! The clinic is receiving referrals from other physicians for specific services such as ultrasound and laboratory services.

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Thus far, 2010 has been a busy year for Real Medicine Foundation Peru. At the Policlinico Peruano Americano in San Clemente, Pisco, patient volume remains consistent at approximately 60 patients per day. Respiratory infections still compose the largest portion of cases, comprising 36% of total cases. This number is the same percentage of respiratory cases from Jan-Feb 2009. Being in the southern hemisphere, it is summer in Peru right now. Come July and August (the Peruvian winter), we expect a spike in respiratory infections as high as 50% of total cases, as we have seen in years past. Below…

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The Real Medicine Clinic in Peru continues to focus their services on education and prevention in the city of San Clemente, Peru. There are 30,000 people in the immediate district of San Clemente and 125,000 in the city of Pisco. By focusing on education and prevention initiatives, we hope the direct beneficiaries are able to spread the word to their families and community. In the month of November, the clinic staff provided various informational speeches on topics such as obesity and vaccines and provided health services to 97 patients.

This month, clinic staff began…

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The RMF team in Pisco, Peru is busy serving an average of 68 patients a day! The most common cases in the month of July were Respiratory System Diseases, Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Muscular/Physical Disorders and Injuries, Urological Diseases, and Digestive System Diseases.

The health services provided include:

Pediatrics Adolescent Health Women's Health Adult Health Geriatric Care Pharmacy Nursing Station / Triage Prevention and Education Inhalators Ultrasound Hematology

In addition to the daily health care services we provide to individual patients at Policlínico Peruano Americano, the staff has also focused on community education. They have offered four…

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Winter has arrived in Pisco, Peru and the clinic team has been busy in the months of May and June. We have maintained an average of 60 patients per day, with the most common cases being respiratory (46%), parasitic (12%), physical/muscular (10%), digestive (7%), and skin disorders (6%). As the weather gets colder, we anticipate the percentage of respiratory ailments to increase. To treat patients with respiratory conditions, we make use of nebulizers, suction unit, oxygen tanks, as well as prescription pharmaceuticals & inhalers accessible from our in-house pharmacy.

In addition, we have rolled out an ultrasound…

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The pace is picking up at the Policlínico Peruano Americano in San Clemente, Pisco, Peru. We have had to make several midstream adjustments to expand our service line and make our services accessible to as many Pesquenos as possible. Here is our most recent update:

Patient Flow: We are now seeing 90+ patients per day on average. We have extended the hours and the doctors have really been taken strides to make most efficient use of their time to handle so many patients. Morale amongst the team is high and everyone is excited about the clinic's success…

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Its Christmas time and at the RMF clinic in Pisco Peru, "Policlínico Peruano Americano," we are preparing for our annual chocolatada where we give a soccer ball, panetón, and a glass of chocolate milk to all the children in the community. All of the gifts have been donated by local organizations and families in the community.

December 10th marked the 1-year anniversary of the Policlínico Peruano Americano. Special thanks to Dr David, Dr Guillermo, Nurse Glenda, Nurse Richard, Pharmacist Vicky, and our new Administrative Director, Magali. 10,000 patients have been seen at the clinic over the course of…

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Spring time is approaching in Peru. The patient stream remains steady at about 30 patients per day and in the month of August we were able to enlist 242 new patients from the community. Females patient still outnumber the males, 2 to 1. In the local school of 3600 children which we sponsor, Nurse Maria Elisa was visited by 442 children. Maria Elisa also conducted many health workshops for the students and their parents.

Upwards of 50% of the cases in August were respiratory related. Due to the high volume of such cases, we…

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We opened the doors to the Policlínico Peruano Americano in its permanent location on December 10, 2007. We had an inauguration that was attended by the residents from San Clemente, government officials, all of our friends who have helped us out along the way, hospitals administrators from hospitals in Lima, and a national news team that provided coverage of the story.

The permanent location is an earthquake safe house with several rooms for exams, a large waiting area, a kitchen area which will eventually be used for a lab. The whole house had been renovated and converted into…

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The RMF Clinic in Peru officially opened for business on November 12, just one month since our small team arrived in Peru. The clinic is currently operating in a temporary capacity in the parish hall at the Catholic Church in San Clemente. While health services are being administered from the Church, we are busily searching the area for a permanent edifice to house the clinic. There are a few locations in the pipeline that have potential to serve as the permanent clinic. We are currently employing four people at the RMF clinic: physician, nurse, pharmacist, and night guard. The…

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We watched a video last night. Since we were not here to experience the earthquake for ourselves, we will never know exactly what the people have been through. We can see the aftermath and listen to their stories but we will never know what it was like to stagger out of your house and trip over dead bodies in the street. ..or to lose a loved one and have to identify them out of a row of corpses in the town center… or to realize that you baby daughter is nowhere to be found and chances are that her body…

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August 22, 2013 - peru

Good Friends – We have met many good friends along the way. Our work down here would not be possible without help from our friends.

Peru – Tent Clinic in the works – The decision has been made to start offering health services out of a tent while we scout the area for possible buildings suitable for our clinic. The tents are to be set up in the Plaza de Armas (town center) in front of ACER’s office. The medicine will be locked in the office and Dr. David will be able to see patients in…

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August 22, 2013 - peru

Dust – Everything in Pisco is covered in dust. So much dust has been generated in Pisco due to the many collapsed buildings. Sometimes when walking around, you find yourself in a haze of dust where your entire surroundings appear cloudy. It's also not very comforting to know that you are breathing the dust. Many people wear a mask over their mouths to filter the dust. We have been told that many people are suffering from respiratory ailments brought on from the dust and I expect that many cases at our clinic will involve respiratory sicknesses.

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Rene Castillo and I are working to open a free medical clinic in response to Peru’s 8.0 earthquake on August 15. Reports indicate that close to 1000 people have died, many more were injured, 40,000 families left homeless, and many thousands of buildings and infrastructure were destroyed in the Ica region. The epicenter was in Pisco and the surrounding towns of Ica, Canete, and Chincha were also affected.

We arrived into Lima on Friday night, October 12th. The majority of the weekend was spent meeting with our contacts in Lima and networking as much as possible. Most people…

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The children's wards in Lima, Peru  

(L) Steve Henrichon, (R) Rene Castillo with children

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Please help us to help!

You can help by donating here, and specifying 'Peru Earthquake Relief'' in the Note to Real Medicine.
 

A magnitude-8 earthquake struck just off the coast of central Peru on August 15, 2007. Reports from Peru count more than 1,000 deaths and at least 3,000 injured people in towns along Peru's central and southern coast. The majority of the damage and casualties occurred in Chincha Alta, Ica and Pisco. At least 80,000 people have suffered the quake's impact through the loss of loved ones or destroyed or damaged…

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