Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
Fifth Annual PAMS Mission: August 30 – September 1
September 01, 2016
Magali M. de Pujalt
Summary of Activities
In addition to supporting the population of San Clemente and larger Pisco through RMF’s permanent clinic, we have held the PAMS-RMFP Mission for five consecutive years. This year, the event ran from August 30th to September 1st in the Policlínico Peruano Americano’s new facilities, organized as in previous years under the direction of Dr. Hugo Tapia.
Staff and Volunteers
A Team Effort
- 4 volunteer doctors in primary care: Dr. Analida Palacios, Dr. Andrés Calagua, Dr. Gina Altamirano, and Dr. Joel Soriano
- 3 dentists: Dr. Paul Medina, Dr. Luisa Reyes, and Dr. Zoraima Falcón
- 1 nephrologist: Dr. Hugo Tapia
- 1 psychiatrist: Dr. Pablo Alban
- 1 medical emergency staff: Dr. Thomas Gallagher
In addition, Martha Gallagher ARN, an American volunteer, provided her services, as well as Willy Chertman, who served as translator to Dr. Thomas Gallagher. Finally, one biology student, Jersson Diaz, and the whole team of RMF Perú helped staff the event.
Cost and Donations
The cost assumed by PAMS for this mission was a total of $1,492.25, which includes medicine, dental supplies, print supplies, and marketing literature. The RMFP team took care of refreshments and snacks for all the staff that collaborated on this mission. We also hosted the event at our Policlínico Peruano Americano and coordinated the transportation of medical equipment to and from Chincha. Donations included 1 medical grade scale and 2 adult blood pressure cuffs.
A Need for Community Support
The closing ceremony took place in the auditorium of the city municipal building. In this ceremony, Dr. Hugo Tapia presented a summary of the 2016 mission, Dr. Pablo Alban offered a conference on mental health, and* Mr. Gustavo Quispe, representative of the Mayor of San Clemente, gave a certificate of recognition to Dr. Hugo as representative of PAMS and Ms. Magali M. de Pujalt on behalf of RMFP.*
Both Dr. Tapia and Mr. Quispe emphasized the need for the municipality to support the operation of the Policlínico Peruano Americano, and to join in the international effort between PAMS and RMF being carried out for the benefit of the population of San Clemente
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.