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The team members of Global Health Volunteers continued their nearly three-decade-long relationship with the people of Chulucanas, Peru, this past June. Our volunteers came from all over the US—and even from as far as India!—to serve the poor in and around Chulucanas. Working with the Diocese of Chulucanas and over 100 in-country volunteers, clinicians saw a remarkable number of patients. The surgical team operated on 28 patients, the primary care teams treated almost 1300, and the physical therapy team treated 170 more.
One tenured team member reflected on just how much goes into serving our patients.
As a clinician, I am only a small part of the wonderful process that is Global Health Volunteers: the local health workers who identity the neediest of the needy, the local people who coordinate and transport patients from remote sites to the clinic, the locals who assist the flood of incoming patients, the nurses and providers who evaluate and diagnose, and those who, by their donations—both financial and in-kind, both large and small—enable and fund the necessary treatments of the afflicted patients. This could not happen without all of these people.