This information is based on a sampling of communities around Lima, Peru that hosted MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics between December – January 2017-2018.
Since MEDLIFE clinics take place during the day, it’s often difficult for men to attend as they most often are at work.
During summer vacation, more children attend MEDLIFE clinics.
While most children attend school through at least year one of secondary school, many people who come to Lima from rural Peru may have received very limited education or no education at all.
In Lima, many mothers do not hold formal jobs. Instead, they may cook in community kitchens (Comedores populares), sell goods on the street, or have other informal sources of income.
In Peru, there are two main types of public insurance: Essalud and SIS. Essalud is insurance aimed at the middle class and is granted through work contracts, SIS is for those who do not receive benefits from their employer or who do not have government regulated jobs. While SIS is meant to provide insurance to the poorest class, there are still obstacles preventing everyone from registering for this basic service.