As of March 30, 2017 ongoing flooding and mudslides in Peru have caused at least 90 deaths, damaged an estimated 150,000 homes and businesses, and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and crops. Northern Peru has been most affected, as well as the capital city of Lima. The Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, states, “There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998.” Many flood victims are from poorer areas, where their makeshift homes were quickly overrun with mud and water. As the Peruvian government works to recover and people struggle to find shelter, food, and clean water, weather services predict more rain in the coming weeks.
Real Medicine Foundation has been working in Peru 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, Policlínico Peruano Americano is also serving as a base of operations to collect and distribute food, clean water, clothing, and other supplies for flood victims. RMF Peru is also planning relief efforts in the harder-hit areas farther north.
RMF continues to provide free primary health care at our established clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, in San Clemente, Pisco.
We are continuing our regular health outreaches (including fluoride campaigns at primary schools and special ophthalmology, hypertension detection, and dental clinics, among others).
We are also planning medical relief trips to areas just 2 hours north of San Clemente, which were hit harder by the flooding. There is already a much greater need for medicines and other medical supplies.
Collection and Distribution of Supplies
Since January 2017, RMF has been collecting and distributing supplies to flood victims:
- Clean water
- Other supplies
- Damaged homes
- Damaged roads and collapsed bridges
- Difficulty accessing food and clean water
- Increased cases of dengue fever
While continuing our established medical services in San Clemente, Pisco, Peru, RMF is now working to address the needs of people affected by the ongoing flooding, creating outreaches farther north and providing essential supplies like food, clean water, and clothing.
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