Location: Cajamarca, Peru
Size: 152 Square Miles
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
The Project C.U.R.E. team had two goals for this mission. First, to strengthen the local health care system by referring patients to local medical professionals. The second goal was to provide the villages that Project C.U.R.E. visited with basic primary care education and patient education that included sustainable self-care.
Date: October 2016
Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. distributes high-quality medical supplies and provides medical care to resource-limited communities worldwide via its medical professional volunteers.
The Project C.U.R.E. volunteers included 4 nurses, 1 MD, 1 PA, 1 EMT, 1 Surgical Tech and 4 non-medical volunteers.
Each volunteer came from a different background which made the team versatile and effective in treating patients. Project C.U.R.E.’ s MD and PA volunteers specialized in emergency medicine. The team also had a cardiac nurse, a licensed practical nurse, and a surgical nurse in addition to a paramedic and surgical technician. Non-medical volunteers worked in the pharmacy and recorded patient data. One of the non-medical volunteers was a native of Cajamarca and an expert on the local culture. Each day of the clinic, a local pediatrician was also on location.
In four days, over 1,200 patients were treated at four different clinic locations: Centro de Salud Huambocancha Baja, Puesto de Salud Combayo, Puesto de Salud Atahualpa, and Centro de Salud Otuzco. The doctors and nurses spent time educating many patients at the clinics whose common complaints included lower back pain, sensitive eyes, headaches, and dizziness.
The patients seen were very appreciative of the medical treatment provided and the care with which it was given during Project C.U.R.E.’s four-day series of clinics. Positive relationships with the communities were forged, as well as with the local staff at the clinics.
All photos provided by Project C.U.R.E.