Peru: Policlínico Peruano Americano
RMF Peru Clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, First Quarter, 2014
July 01, 2014
Magali M. de Pujalt, RMF Perú, Director Ejecutivo
Summary of Activities
San Clemente is a very impoverished area and all of the services offered are free. The clinic places much importance on prevention and education and this is evident within all facets of the clinic’s operations.
• Held an outreach health campaigns in Nazario Palimino, San Clemente.
• Held a Dental outreach campaign at our clinic.
• Extended clinic hours to 6pm.
Adults and Children
Total Number of Direct Beneficiaries for the First Quarter of 2014: 1,664. Male: 565 and Female: 1,099
Free dental work
On the 8th of February and 25th of March, we held dental campaigns at our clinic location, treating a total of 90 patients.
The income received from our Laboratory services for the Quarter was US$2,731.
Health Outreach in community
Held an outreach health campaigns in Nazario Palimino, 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.
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Valentina Rivera Herrera, born in Castro Vireyna on December 15, 1938, is the oldest of her siblings and her parents were farmers. Valentina came to live in San Clemente for work in 2008 and has visited our clinic for headaches and urinary infections in the past. Her daughter Martha tells us that in August of 2012 Valentina was rushed to the hospital in pain where she was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. She lost consciousness at the hospital for 5 days and then couldn’t walk for 5 months.
In November 2013 she had a third relapse, and her daughter had to leave work to provide full time care for her mother. Valentina was brought to the clinic with a wound on her back that wouldn’t heal. Dr Karen examined and diagnosed her with a friction pressure II wound, resulting from the amount of time she was spending in bed on her back. She was treated at our clinic and her daughter was given medication to apply at home, and she is now healing slowly, but well.
Ana Arango Huayra, is 28 years old and from the Huaytara province of Ayacucho. She moved with her parents to San Clemente at the age of 12. Her parents separated soon after and she had a very rough childhood and early adult years with abuse and poverty. She has married and divorced and has a daughter that is 5 years old.
Ana came to the clinic complaining of discomfort in the throat; she was diagnosed with pharyngitis and acute anemia. She received treatment and medicines and was very grateful for the free treatment.