RMF has been working in Perú since 2007, when we arrived to offer long-term medical support to victims of the August 15th earthquake. 10 years later, our health clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, is still operating successfully in San Clemente, Pisco, providing free health care to those most in need. In addition to the medical services and outreaches provided by the clinic, in January 2017, Policlínico Peruano Americano began serving as a base of operations to collect and distribute food, clean water, clothing, and other supplies for flood victims.
In May 2017, after several planning sessions, meetings with authorities, and trips to assess areas affected by the flooding, RMF Perú decided to focus our flood relief efforts on several affected towns northeast of the capital city of Lima: Barba Blanca, Huinco, San Pedro de Casta, Santa Eulalia, and surrounding communities in need of aid.
This report covers 18 days of project implementation, from June 13, 2017 to June 30, 2017. During this time, RMF Perú’s outreach team, consisting of 2 medical doctors, 2 psychologists, 1 nursing tech, 1 pharmacy tech, and 3 logistics/coordination team members accomplished the following activities:
Juan Medina, coordinator for the Luis Monti congregation in Santa Eulalia, came to look for RMF Perú’s team and offered us the parish house to set up our next temporary clinic and provide medical attention to the communities they support.
Services provided during RMF’s 9-day outreach in Luis Monti parish, Santa Eulalia:
Quiro is organized into four zones, and each zone has its own city council. For this mission, we set up our clinic in the civic center of Zone 1. For nine days (June 22–30, 2017), RMF Perú’s outreach team provided the community with free medical and psychological services, as well as blankets and insect repellent.
Services provided during RMF’s 9-day outreach in Nicolás de Piérola (Quirio), Chosica:
RMF has been active in Peru since 2007, when we provided earthquake relief and established our still successful health clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, in San Clemente, Pisco. 10 years later, as of March 18th, 2017, ongoing flooding and mudslides, especially in the northern parts of the country, have caused at least 90 deaths, damaged an estimated 150,000 homes and businesses, and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and crops.
RMF Peru continues to offer free health services at our Policlínico Peruano Americano, and since January 2017, we have been collecting and distributing essential supplies such as food, clean water, and clothing for flood victims. We are also continuing our health outreach campaigns and planning medical outreaches farther north, in the regions that have been hit hardest by the flooding.
Omar Esteban is a 12-year-old boy. His mother explained that he was born healthy, but at the age of 2, Omar started having seizures. His mother was only able to take him to a pediatrician, who diagnosed him with epilepsy. Omar is now handicapped and has never been examined by a specialist. His mother brought him to RMF’s outreach clinic because he had some spots and small hives on his face and behind his ears. Omar cannot not walk or talk, so we only spoke with his mother. Omar’s father is a landscaper for the town. The family is low-income and Omar’s mother is illiterate.
At our outreach clinic, Dr. Richard recommended that Omar visit a neurologist, and our team is trying to connect with social assistance at the Chosica hospital to set up an appointment for Omar with a specialist (the specialist only comes once a month to the hospital). Dr. Richard suspects that the child suffered from meningitis, but he will need to be examined. For the present, Dr. Richard also diagnosed Omar’s minor ailment and prescribed treatment.
Treatment: Clotrimazole cream, apply after washing, twice a day