As part of our post-clinic activities, our staff last week went to visit four patients in Lima who we met during our mobile clinics. Luckily, these patients are already being treated in the Peruvian health system SIS. Although they did not require economic support from MEDLIFE, they did however, require tools to be able to access their treatment and therefore access a better quality of life.

Another one of our visits was to a PRONOEI (public kindergarten) located in Villa Maria del Triunfo. Said kindergarten informed us that they needed a new roof since the one they currently have was very dangerous for the children.

We invite you to see the following photo blog to know more about our beneficiaries of the week:

 DearOur first stop was at the PRONOEI (public kindergarten) at Las Lomas community where the local teaches requested materials to build a new roof to protect the children from the sun and the rain. They were so thankful that they made an amazing poster for our organization! The poster reads: Thank you for support MEDLIFE. Community Las Lomas.

IMG 4734The second stop was at the house of Delfina, an 81-year-old lady who is the grandmother of our follow-up patient Ian. Ian was born with congenital auricular atresia -- a birth defect that left her with only a partially developed ear on one side, and a small vestigial structure on her cheek, so he is following a long treatment with us. Delfina has hip dysplasia and arthritis, and her daughter, Ian's mom, is unable of transport her outside the house on her own. A wheelchair will allow Delfina to go easily to her therapies and medical appointments.

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IMG 4741We met Saturnina in a Mobile Clinic. She is following a treatment at the local hospital for her Parkinson, low back pain, and osteoarthritis. She is currently only using a walking stick that causes too much pain. We got her a walker that will be of great help not only her safe transportation but also to offer a support for her body.

IMG 4751Our next patient was Marines. Her family situation is one of the most difficult ones we have had to encounter. Her family's economic situation is so difficult that her mom has followed us through several mobile clinics just to get some free iron vitamins for her daughter. Marines was diagnosed late with Leukemia due to a lack of medical attention in her natal Apurimac (one of the poorest regions in Peru). Due to this, her parents had to sell everything and emigrate to Lima to access her treatment. Before building themselves a house, her mom slept on the floors of the hospital for several weeks. Currently they live in a very precarious situation which has gradually improved thanks to the store they have managed to open in their remote community. We are currently giving Marines powdered milk to keep her Leukemia in check while she continues with her medical checkups. This powdered milk is very expensive in Peru, and it would be impossible for the Marines's family to buy it on their own. We are currently asking our volunteers to bring powdered milk when they come to mobile clinics while working in a more sustainable way to help Marines and their family get by.

IMG 4764Later we visited Norma, a 69-year-old grandmother who is following a treatment for her Parkinson and Osteoporosis. A wheelchair was delivered so her daughter can take her to the hospital more easily.

October 19, 2017 4:24 PM

Introducing MEDLIFE's first MED Center!

Written by Rosali Vela

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At MEDLIFE, we focus on providing comprehensive services and healthcare to the communities we partner with. In this, chapter fundraising supports our capacity to provide essential services to community members in need. This year's goal is for each chapter to fundraise $2000 per academic year. These funds will go towards our first MED Center which will be located in Union Santa Fe, Pamplona, Lima, Peru.

The drive and motivation behind us building MED Centers is so that we can directly impact more community member's lives with our work, and facilitate an even stronger relationship between MEDLIFE and community leaders. The MED Center will be focused on a trade school for children and adults, offer basic medical/dental services, and serve as a community center focused on the particular development issues that community faces.

For example, in Union Santa Fe, obstacles to obtaining land title is a major issue preventing people from advancing. To enhance community development, we would utilize the MED Center to provide the support of law students and pro-bono lawyers to the community. This is just one example of the essential comprehensive services the MED Center will offer.

In addition to the services provided to the community, this center will also encompass hostel style living areas and conference rooms so that we can remain in the community for more time during and outside of clinics. This way, we will continue building relationships between volunteers, staff, and community members during all aspects and stages of our partnerships.

Check on the digital projections below to see more about our concept of the MED Center!

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2Exterior view of the MED Center.

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4The MED Center will be used for general purposes.

5Hostel style living quarters.

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September 12, 2017 10:55 AM

Meet the Patient: Caroline (Moshi, Tanzania)

Written by Rosali Vela

Caroline is a six year old girl from Kilema-Moshi. We met Caroline in May 2017, while a MEDLIFE mobile clinic at her community.

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Caroline is a young and charming girl, who was diagnosed with Chronic Tonsillitis during her visit at the Mobile clinic. Due to her condition, she was then put into our follow-up patient program.

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The first home visit at Caroline’s place was on 11th August 2017 with Dr. Geofrey who is also our clinic doctor. The MEDLIFE team were able to talk to her together with her siblings.  

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The doctor recommended for possible surgery. An appointment at KCMC at ENT Department was made and Caroline was able to see the doctor on 18th August 2017. The doctor commented for a quick surgery as the tonsils were too big and give her discomfort especially at night. A second appointment was made on 21st August 2017 for admission, but it wasn’t successful since there were too many patients and our team couldn’t get a bed. They were told to come the following day 22nd August 2017, and finally they found a bed so she was admitted on that day. The next day, 23rd August in the afternoon, she was operated.

“We are happy the operation went so well. Since she didn’t have any complications, she was discharged from the hospital on 24th August.” Neema told us.

Caroline was very happy knowing she will be going back home to meet the rest of her family and be able to go back to school once again.

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What is the MEDLIFE patient follow-up program? When patients are simply referred to local hospitals for treatments many times they still fail to receive the actual treatment they need due to lack of resources, lack of confidence, or lack of a true understanding about their medical problems. For all of these reasons, MEDLIFE has developed a year-round patient follow-up process. We support our patients in many ways. We provide financial resources for treatments, emotional support, nutritional assistance for malnourished families, and educational resources to help individuals better understand their conditions.

Five months ago Peru was hit with historic rains, resulting in flash floods and mudslides known as "huaicos". The destruction of essential infrastructure such as bridges and homes severely damaged the communities we partner with. Support and donations from our global network of MEDLIFE Chapters and volunteers allowed us to begin immediate aid in the form of water, clothing and medical care when the disaster hit. During initial efforts to provide relief, MEDLIFE met a concerned mother from a local school, Colegio Inmaculada in Naña, who informed us that the school was lacking a hygienic kitchen and cafeteria, known here as a comedor, to provide food to students.

Through MINSA, a branch of the Peruvian government involved with health initiatives, nutritious and balanced meals for students in low-income communities can be provided through a program called Qali Warma (translating to “Healthy Child” in Quechua). In order to qualify for the Qali Warma program, schools must first have a clean, safe facility that maintains proper sanitation codes to house their comedor. Colegio Inmaculada currently uses a storage space as their kitchen, which is both unsafe and unsanitary, immediately excluding the school from qualification. Without a functioning comedor, the government will not fund the Qali Warma program, resulting in underserved students at greater risk of losing access to nutritious meals.

With the continued dedication and donations from our MEDLIFE volunteer base, we are in the early stages of building a new comedor with the local community. This project will ensure the Qali Warma program is able to benefit over 160 students with nutritious meals at school, thus cultivating healthy, positive outcomes. From the community of Naña and all of us at headquarters, we want to thank all our MEDLIFE supporters for making this project possible!

IMG 3912Instead of a hygienic space, this storage room is currently being used as a kitchen.

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On July 20th and 21st, MEDLIFE hosted its first mobile clinic at the Santa Monica Women's Penitentiary in Lima, Peru. We returned last week to host both an educational workshop and to provide follow up care to the patients.

MEDLIFE delivered pap smear results and provided treatment and medication, including ultrasounds where necessary, to the 120 women that we saw in July.

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IMG 0001A patient undergoing ultrasound.

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IMG 0017MEDLIFE also made a donation of powdered milk to the penitentiaries nursery.

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