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On June 2, 2017, twenty eight generous team members from Global Health Volunteers traveled to Chulucanas, Peru on a medical mission. Serving in partnership with the Diocese of Chulucanas in Northern Peru, the team provided outpatient primary care for 2,475 children and adults from impoverished rural communities during eight days of clinic.
Global Health Volunteers medical teams have been supporting the healing ministry of the Diocese since 1989. This year's team was challenged as they responded to conditions brought on by the extremely heavy rains through January, February and March that left most towns and cities in Northwest Peru with overflowing rivers, triggered landslides and swept away people and buildings. The quick action of neighbor helping neighbor, and the Peruvian Army moving quickly to evacuate those in harm's way prevented numerous deaths. The GHV team's main focus during the June Mission was treating an increased number of patients with medical conditions brought on by the flooding.
Team members traveled from across the US and included students, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, lab and pharmacy staff and various support staff. The team bonded quickly and worked together to make it a worthwhile professional and personal experience. One team physician summed up the experience as follows:
"The mission trip energized me to be a better clinician for both the patient in front of me and the larger global health system. The experience of the team integration between the community workers, the GHM volunteers, and the patients is exceptional and I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people."
Another team of over 50 Global Health Volunteers will return to Chulucanas, Peru in October to continue this most important work.