Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
Fourth Annual PAMS Mission: August 18-20
November 01, 2015
Summary of Activities
The Annual Medical Mission PAMS was held in San Clementa, a rural area of Pisco, in the Peruvian American Clinic. This is to help those who are struggling from the Peru earthquake in 2007. This clinic provides permanent medical care under the administration of Real Medicine Foundation’s.
They give special thanks to the constant support of Mrs. Magali Mancini-Pujalt, the Executive Director of the clinic. They also want to extend much appreciation to the volunteers that daily provide their professional work and gave their time to help in this capacity for the indigenous people of Pisco and Chinca, Peru.
- 162 in General Medicine and OB-GYN
- 35 in Psychology
- 63 in Dental and Orthodontics
Gender and Age
- 63% female
- 37% male
- 85% adults
- 15% children
- 28% urinary tract infection
- 15% respiratory infection
- 9% diabetes care
- 6% OB-GYN care
- 3% dyslipidemia
- 5% obesity
- 9% arthritis
Medical and Dental
Patients were both treated as well as prescribed medication when needed. Follow up care instructions were also given. Dental patients learned about dental hygiene and tooth decay, they were also given toothbrushes, toothpaste, and fluoride.
Other Medical Needs
Psychology consults were given to patients who suffered from depression and mental stress because of the earthquake. An on-site laboratory tested many patients as well as provided diabetic screenings. Once a lab diagnosis was made, the patients then received antibiotics, insulin, and inhibitors.
Serving Other Needs
The clinic, with the help of Dr. E.A. Flores provided workshops which helped with emotional development and personality development. The community was very grateful and enthusiastic for these activities.
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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An Electrocardiography machine was donated to the clinic as well as three tapes that are used for urine and blood glucose testing. There were also many medicines that were donated along with clothes for orphaned children, and various office supplies
The Medical Team
General Medicine: Dr. Analida Palacios, Dr. T. Gallagher, Dr.D. Torrealva, Nurse M. Gallagher, and Nurse J. Suarez
OB-GYN: Dr. Gallardo S, Dr. N. Manrique, and Dr. M. Salazar
Dentistry and Orthodontics: Dr. M. Salazar, Dental Student F. Salazar, Dr. N. Perez, and L. Segovia
Clinical Psychology: Dr. E. Ramos
Nephrology: Dr. H. Tapia
Biologist and Pharmacy: Dr. W. Paitan and O. Mayuri
Coordinator: M. Pujalt