Jonathan Shanin, Executive Director of AidJoy describes the need for a medical clinic in the town of Mazan, Peru. This clinic will be the primary source of medical care for 45,000 people living in the Amazon rainforest.
About Medical Aid In The Peruvian Amazon
The Peruvian Amazon region presents a number of challenges to the provision of health care. Outside of Iquitos, the average government medical clinic is understaffed, poorly supplied, deficient in medications, needing diagnostic capabilities, and without reliable electricity or running water. Remote rural health posts are staffed by a single technician and have far fewer resources. The results are predictable. Rural Amazonian residents suffer and die from a wide range of treatable and preventable illnesses and medical conditions. Many health problems are so chronic and pervasive that local people consider them to be another fact of daily life. Such conditions include; malaria, parasitosis (worms), diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, dehydration-related conditions (headaches, migraines, and urinary tract problems), dermatological problems (resulting from fungi, allergies, and environmental irritants), and chronic muscular and joint pain resulting from lifetimes of hard physical labor. Poverty and a lack of health education compound the problems.
As deeply ingrained as the health problems in the region may be, they can be addressed and either improved or eliminated. All that is lacking is innovative thinking, creative solutions, and dedicated application. A medical clinic in the region provides the opportunity to take the lead in vastly improving the health of the residents of the Amazon Rainforest, and to provide a health-care model to be emulated by others, both within the Peruvian Amazon and in other underdeveloped regions of the world.
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