Sight is critical to the existence of people living in the jungles of the Amazon Basin.
Iquitos is the largest city in the world with no road access; travel there is by boat or plane only! The city, which is located in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in the Loreto Region, approximately 290 miles by river from the border with Brazil and Colombia, has a population of around 500,000. The health care needs are great, and services are limited and expensive for the local population. Most residents cannot afford to see a doctor or utilize the few clinical services that are available.
This project will address three specific needs in the Loreto Region.
Improve the surgical services that Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl can provide to the community by upgrading the OR and diagnostic equipment, conduct continuing education for surgeons and nurses, and provide free surgical services to patients who are unable to pay.
Address the basic health needs of the indigenous people living in villages along the Amazon River and its tributaries. This will be done through screening, vaccinations, and primary health education activities.
Establish an eye clinic and provide free cataract surgery to under-served people who can no longer see.