Peru: Together, Si Se Puede
Building progress in community, country
- A view from on high of the library construction in the San Isidro Labrador community. Ana Hernandez of Visionarios discusses plans for the library's educational resources with Geisel Dean Chip Souba, and first-year medical student Paula Piedrahita
- A member of Visionarios descends the steep, makeshift steps in San Isidro Labrador. A long water hose carries non-potable water up toward some of the homes.
- The Valenzuela family gathers for a breakfast of Anis tea and a thin single piece of ham on a small bun. The walls of the cocina (kitchen room) are a form of cardboard. An English-Spanish alphabet poster helps the children practice their language skills.
- The children and the parents in the community are excited about the benefits the biblioteca (library) will bring them, furthering education and providing a secure, safe place to do homework, study, read and participate in community training programs.
- Dr. Humberto Castillo Martell, head of the National Institute of Mental Health in Peru, discusses implementing in Peru the Geisel-developed IPS Supported Employment, the pioneering program to benefit individuals with serious mental health problems.
- The Dartmouth team visits a new Health Clinic Outpost built by the Peru Ministry of Health in a poor community in Lima. An MOH official said a similar outpost could be added to the library Geisel is constructing in the Villa Maria del Triunfo district.
- A poster in the Health Clinic Outpost warns about the dangers of Dengue Fever, but also promotes that "Together, We Can Defeat Dengue Fever." Global warming has pushed the mosquito species that transmits Dengue into new areas of South America.
- Geisel Dean Dr. Chip Souba discusses community needs and strengths with family members of the San Isidro Labrador community and the Visionarios NGO. (Photo credit: Valia Ayola, Peru)
A team from the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine visited Peru in June to forge new partnerships with hospitals and medical schools, strengthen student experiences, share expertise on mental health care delivery, and to see progress on a library Geisel is building in partnership with a low-income, underserved community in Lima, San Isidro Labrador. New educational and research agreements were signed with the medical school in the oldest University in the Americas, San Marcos University in Lima, and with the Cayetano Heredia National Hospital, in Lima.
Two Geisel first-year medical students -- Paula Piedrahita and David Hernandez -- have begun an eight-week summer internship with the NGO, Visionarios, a Geisel partner. The students are working on building a community leadership program with community members for health and economic development in the Villa Maria del Triunfo district, and conducting research on barriers to health insurance in the Villa Maria community.