Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
528 Beneficiaries Despite Drawbacks: Q1 2016
March 31, 2016
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. By helping them in 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.”
Jahasiel Huaroto Rodrigues
Jahasiel is a 5-year-old boy. His mother brought him to our Policlínico Peruano Americano with symptoms of a bad cough and phlegm. The doctor examined Jahasiel and diagnosed him with tonsillopharyngitis. The doctor gave him Amoxicillin syrup (1 tablespoon every 8 hours for 5 days) and Ibuprofen (100mg orally every 8 hours for two days)
Viane is a 16-year-old girl. She arrived at RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano with persistent, severe abdominal pain. The doctor diagnosed her with abdominal pain syndrome. She was treated with Metrocopramida (1 tablet before breakfast and lunch for 5 days) and Aluminum hydroxide (4 tablespoons a day for 5 days). We also recommended TGO and TGA laboratory tests.
Casas Carlos Robles
Carlos is a 4-year-old boy. His mother brought him to RMF’s Policlínico Peruano Americano and explained that the child had a fever, and had coughing and vomiting episodes. The doctor diagnosed him with pharyngitis. He was treated with 200/400 CTM (every 12 hours for 6 days), Hydrate (every 8 hours for 4 days), Hematoclitos exams and Hemoglobin.
Pablo Rivera Paulina Bacas
Pablo is a 75-year-old man who lives in San Clemente. He arrived at our Policlínico Peruano Americano with pain in his right shoulder. The doctor diagnosed him with painful shoulder syndrome. He was treated with 1g (applied diclofenac morning, afternoon, and evening for 5 days), Naproxen 550mg (1 tablet after breakfast and dinner for 4 days), and Neulyl 2mg (1 tablet every 12 hours for 10 days)
Albert Smith liana Cordova
Albert is a 3-year-old boy. His mother brought him to the Policlínico Peruano Americano and reported that the child’s genital area was red, with stinging and pain. The doctor examined Albet and found a pruritic lesion present in the genital area. Enterobiasis: genital injury and scraped area is observed. He was treated with Albendazole 400mg for 2 days and Betaplus clotrimazole 1g morning and night for 7 days.
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.
Click to enlarge
We have been working with the current mayor’s office for a year now, and the new administration continues to show little concern for retaining the services we provide for the neediest people in the district.
The mayor’s office continues to default on payments they promised for our rent, electricity, and water. In January we were forced to suspend our services due to the lack of electricity and water, which had been shut off for non-payment by the municipality.
Once more, the mayor’s office had not followed through. After meeting with representatives from the mayor’s office to present our case, we received a negative response because they have no ownership of our project.
After constant visits to the municipality and presenting all required documentation, in February the mayor promised to sign the agreement to support the Policlínico Peruano Americano as the previous mayor did.
We are counting on getting another Nursing Tech. They are currently working towards a contract/licensing. Policlínico Peruano Americano operations continued successfully in this reporting period.