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Guided by Dartmouth's tradition of developing global citizens, the Geisel School of Medicine is creating educational opportunities for Dartmouth students and improving lives in Peru.

Geisel has forged partnerships with top Peruvian medical schools, teaching hospitals, health institutes, and community NGO’s, and faculty, student and knowledge exchanges have begun. One tangible example of progress and solidarity between Geisel and Peru is the construction of a small library in the impoverished hillside community of Arenal Alto -- Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima.

Many of the residents in the Arenal Alto live in poverty or extreme poverty, and a good number of children and families are malnourished. Arenal Alto's housing is often make-shift, and the community's residences terrace up the side of a mountain found at the southern edge of Lima.

Geisel is partnering on the library construction with a respected NGO called Visionarios Peru, which consists of health professionals and community leaders. Visionarios has been instrumental in developing health care delivery for Partners in Health in Peru. Geisel and Visionarios are raising private funds to create the library, which was identified in a needs assessment done by the community members, Visionarios and Dartmouth students as a top priority for improving lives through education in the community.

These photos feature images of the current construction and of a member of Visionarios meeting with community leaders about the project.

"Through the partnership with Dartmouth’s medical school, we have seen the meaning of solidarity and the commitment of a true global citizen. Together, we will continue to discover the priority needs of the community and support them to find practical solutions that lead to improved quality of life."

--Malena Ramos, director general of Los Visionarios in Peru.

"Partnering with Peru offers important educational experiences for our students, particularly with underserved communities. They build their empathy, clinical skills, and leadership capabilities . . . which are integral to solving health care's most vexing problems...whether in Peru or our country.”

--Geisel School of Medicine Dean Dr. Chip Souba

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