Second Session Peru!

by Courtney Slanaker

Our second session of Healthyouth Peru is off to a great start! After some long travel days, all seven of us met in Lima. Even in Lima’s cloudy climate, we spent a few great days exploring the city. Paragliding, eating lots of delicious food, visiting museums, making our own creations at the Choco Museo, and loving the view of the Pacific ocean were a few of our Liman adventures. Still, we made our way to Huancayo on Sunday afternoon. Eight hours and about 10,500 feet later, we arrived. We took our first day to recover from traveling, adjust to the altitude, and get to know Huancayo. But by Tuesday morning, we were off to the clinics and schools. Our volunteers were split between two clinics and two schools this week in the outskirts of Huancayo (in both Huari and Pilcomayo). The first week of volunteering is often very eye-opening for volunteers about the different problems in healthcare and education that some Peruvians face. This week, our volunteers got a better understanding of the lack of resources in the areas they volunteered. Often in the
clinics we visit, there will be no toilet paper or soap in clinic bathrooms, doctors may not use gloves for procedures, including HIV testing, and many patients come back again and again with health issues related to dirty drinking water or lack of quality housing. At both clinics, our volunteers have been able to shadow doctors and nurses and have earned (or relearned) basic skills like taking blood pressures or for some, simply picking up a whole lot of Spanish throughout the day. Maddie is our only volunteer who will can you buy baclofen canada . are significantly cheaper and easier to avail of than more potent narcotic substances buy viagra 100mg online fast shipping. be in the schools. She spent this week in a kindergarten also in Huari as a classroom aide, and will soon be helping to teach English. Besides learning new songs like “Cabeza, Hombros rodillos, pies,” (head, shoulders knees and toes), she has been supporting the teacher in the classroom and getting to know the kids. Jack and I have been visiting another school in Huari with kids from age 4 up to sixth grade. We are working to continue the anti-parasite

campaign from last session. It’s especially important in this area, because so far, about 80% of the students we have tested have some sort of parasite, in most cases Giardia. It as been great that we have had such great cooperation from the school, but our biggest challenge now is finding enough medicine to distribute to all the kids who need it.

School time!

 

Suture practice!

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