The Importance of Preventative Health


It is very important to MEDLIFE that the citizens of the communities we serve have the necessary information
to maintaina stable quality of life, which is why we hold educational workshops on various health topics. Last week, we held an educational workshop in the community of Oasis Nª3 in the district of Villa El Salvador for the first time, where we presented important information on diverse themes of preventative health.

More than 40 community members attended the workshop. They were first given educational brochures and then participated in an introductory conversation led by Carlos Benavides, Director of MEDLIFE Peru, about the importance of preventative health care measures.


Following that conversation our field nurse and patient follow-up coordinator Ruth Varona led an important presentation on women’s health, which included topics such as cervical cancerand the importance of getting an annual pap smear. Our other patient follow-up coordinator Lucia Suarez  furthered the discussion by giving a presentation on STIs. Lastly, our nurse Dina gave an informative presentation on diabetesand how to maintain a balanced diet.

The attendees showed a lot of interest in learning more about preventative health. After the presentations, conversation continued in the room, where community members asked several questions to the nurses about all the health topics that were discussed. The enthusiasm in the room grew when community members learned of the possibility of MEDLIFE holding a Mobile Clinicthere in the near future.

It was a good afternoon for the community of Oasis Nª3, as they received a great deal of information on preventative health care measures that will ultimately help further improve their quality of life.



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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.