Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
A New Clinic Location: Q2 2016
June 30, 2016
Magali M. de Pujalt, RMF Perú, Executive Director
Summary of Activities
RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, helps to relieve strain on the existing health infrastructure in the communities we are serving. In addition, the philosophies adopted at the clinic place strong emphasis on education and prevention. Not only are patients being treated for their illnesses, but they are being educated as to why they are sick and how they can prevent sickness in the future. By taking this approach, we are setting ourselves apart from other health options in the area and identifying ourselves as a leader in the medical community.
The medical community is also being further educated in specialties such as OB/GYN topics and HIV/AIDS, so health services as a whole can be improved in the area.
We work alongside many different local organizations. Since RMF helps these organizations meet their goals, they in turn help us realize our goals, and a much wider array of community services can be offered more effectively. This follows the RMF motto of “Friends Helping Friends Helping Friends.”
Neyra Aley Meza
Neyra’s mother reported that the child had a headache, body aches, and nasal congestion, without a cough. Neyra was diagnosed with acute rhino pharyngitis.
Liduvina Alburjas lives in San Clemente. She arrived at Policlínico Peruano Americano with symptoms of a productive cough, a sore throat, and runny nose. She was diagnosed with bronchitis.
Ana Añanca lives in San Clemente. She arrived at RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano complaining of a headache and dizziness. Auxiliary tests: blood count / glucose. Ana was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
Isabel Herrera lives in San Clemente. She arrived at RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, with back pain, lower abdominal pain, coughing, difficulty breathing, and a high temperature. Isabel was diagnosed with acute pharyngitis.
Juana Rosa Carazas
Juana Rosa Caraza lives in San Clemente. She arrived at Policlínico Peruano Americano, with a headache and ringing in her ears. We found that she had high blood pressure: 180/70 mmHg. She was diagnosed with uncontrolled arterial hypertension and immediately given 2 sublingual captopril.
On August 15, 2007, Pisco, Peru experienced a deadly earthquake: 7.9 on the Richter scale. Over 500 people died, more than 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 the people were in need of medical attention. Real Medicine Foundation’s team was deployed to Peru on October 12 in an effort to assist those most in need.
The primary objective of our project was to bring long-term free healthcare to the victims of the earthquake who had 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 the overwhelming majority of people cannot afford to pay for health services. In addition, outreach programs have been initiated to service the health needs in the very remote and impoverished areas around San Clemente and Pisco.
- Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses at our urgent care center, “Policlínico Peruano Americano.”
- To provide all basic health services for free. To promote co-responsibility and sustainability, the clinic requests a minimal fee for specialty services, such as lab work and ultrasounds, and offers wholesale prices for medication. Patients who cannot afford minimal fees or wholesale prices are not charged.
- To improve the comprehensive health of the community through outreach programs, educational programs, and public health initiatives.
- Prevention and health education are strongly emphasized in all facets of the clinic’s operations.
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Total Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 1,133
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 know that the direct beneficiaries are able to spread the word to their families and community.
Big Change This Quarter
New Practice Location
Due to the current mayor’s lack of interest in our project and the consistently late payment of our rent and utilities (causing tension with the property owner and sometimes hindering service delivery), RMF Perú felt the need to find a new location for our services, where we are responsible for the payment of rent and maintenance.
We found a new location for our medical practice. The space is small, but it has all the services that we need, and the rent is approved by RMF. We talked with the owner of the old location, notifying her of our departure, which she took well. She was tired of the late payments from the municipality. On June 1st, we began our move. We hired the services of a truck and had the support of our RMF Perú team. On June 6th, we resumed our work in the new location.