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On Saturday July 20, over twenty Global Health Volunteers' team members gathered at the Cardinal Health warehouse in Edison, New Jersey for a cargo container packing party. Record-breaking high temperatures were forecasted but the team moved forward and bravely traveled long distances to gather equipment and medical supplies needed to operate primary care clinics, health education programs and surgery clinics in the Chulucanas, Peru region. Volunteers worked through the heated morning to secure and label each piece, record it on a shipping manifest, and load it into a 20-foot shipping container. Global Health Volunteers partners with Cross International to transport the cargo onto a shipping vessel for the long journey to Lima, Peru. Once the shipping container arrives in Lima, Caritas International, our in-country partner, unloads the cargo into a warehouse to await Customs inspection, which may take a day, a week or longer. The cargo including wheelchairs, walkers, rolling walkers, walking canes, crutches, exam tables, medical devices, surgical set-ups, and a special request of child strollers, along with many other items are loaded onto trucks and driven for 14-hours over winding mountain roads to Chulucanas. The cargo is unloaded and prepared for the arrival of more than 40 team members on October 5, 2019 for a two-week medical and surgical mission.
Global Health Volunteers, through its partnership with the Diocese of Chulucanas, Cardinal Health, Cross International, Caritas International and others, make it possible for thousands of patients to receive medical care and surgical services in the remote regions of northeastern Peru.