The Importance of Strong Families in Our Communities

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Here at MEDLIFE, we recognize that strong families arecentral to any community or society.

In the communities we serve, maintaining healthy families is one of the most important ways for members to work together and move their communities forward. Recognizing this importance, MEDLIFE held a new education workshop in the “Fernando Belaunde” community in Villa Maria del Triufno that focused on the importance of healthy families and ways to prevent domestic violence.

The workshop began with an introductory speech from Carlos Benavides, Director of MEDLIFE Peru. The first half of the workshop was athorough discussion on domestic violence led by Fanny Vargas. She discussedthe root of domestic violence and ways to prevent it, such as education on respecting the opposite gender from a young age.

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After Fanny’s presentation, nurses Ruth Varona and Lucia Suarez led talks on topics such as breast cancer and STIs, along with examples ofways to prevent such conditions such as giving self-breast exams. Fanny Vargas again stepped into the presentation to explain the step-by-step process of a pap smear. The community members asked questionsthroughout, and expressed a genuine desire to learn more about preventative health.

Finally, Carlos Benavides closed the workshop by thanking the attendees for
coming and for engaging in the discussion, emphasizing that this participation isone of our most important priorities here at MEDLIFE.


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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.