February 28, 2017 3:30 pm

First week of spring clinics in Lima

Written by Rosali Vela

Last week was the start of MEDLIFE's spring clinic season with 41 volunteers from Queen's and Laurentian Universities of Ontario, Canada. Over the course of 4 days of clinics, the volunteers were able to serve 368 patients around Lima. 

IMG 0995Volunteers visited 4 different communities around Lima.

IMG 0997All 368 patients were able to consult with a doctor. In total, 172 of the patients were children.

IMG 0162290 of the patients recieved medicine after meeting with a doctor.

IMG 0347Gynecologists were able to preform 52 pap smears to screen for cervical cancer.

IMG 0040Dentists and volunteers were able to serve 113 patients throughout the week.

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Volunteers worked with children while parents visited the clinic. They taught handwashing and toothbrushing techniques and handed out 253 toothbrushes.

We thank all volunteers who came out to Lima for a week of learning and serving!

February 23, 2017 3:55 pm

Bringing Doctors to the Patients

Written by Rosali Vela

When running mobile clinics, MEDLIFE aims to provide people from low income communities with primary health care. Cost is a problem in access to health care, but just as important an issue is actually getting into the hospital.

It’s estimated there is 1 doctor for every 20,000 people living on the outskirts of Lima. The time that patients spend with a doctor is a rare moment to talk with a health professional. To give the best possible care to patients MEDLIFE uses doctors and dentists from Lima to staff mobile clinics.

Analida Palacios works as a physician at Clinica Oncologia y Radioterapia, located in the San Borja district of Lima. Her usual place of work is located in a wealthier district of Lima, where patients can afford to be treated in a private clinic and forgo the long waits for service.

IMG 0289Analida in the San Juan de Miraflores district of Lima.

She first heard of MEDLIFE through a co-worker who was working with the group. After hearing about the concept of the mobile clinics, she decided to join herself to provide basic healthcare and consultation to the people in low income areas of Lima.

“We bring medicine, we bring prevention with pap smears and breast exams,” Palacios said. “I think the population will be more prepared.”

Just sitting down and being able to talk to a doctor can be an invaluable experience for those who have little to no access to healthcare. It is not uncommon for doctors working clinics to meet with patients with health problems ranging from diabetes and breast cancer that have gone untreated for years.

Although, Palacios is not following up with the patient's herself, she is the first contact they have with MEDLIFE and sometimes, any health care at all. In the private clinic where she works across the city, Palacios is able to use ultrasounds and labtests to diagnose and treat patients.  As MEDLIFE is travelling to different communities it is up to the doctors working the clinic to determine if a patient needs further attention, through conversations and basic health checkups.

“You can do the basic stuff, but you can also speak with the patient and the family,” Palacios said.

IMG 0155When travelling to communities, Analida Palacios determines which patients need to go on to seek additional care from hospitals or clinics with MEDLIFE's assistance.

Palacios says she looks for signs that would point to a diagnosis while taking in what the patients tell her about their symptoms and lifestyle. If a patient needs further attention, they are admitted to the follow-up program, where a nurse working full time with MEDLIFE will accompany them to hospital and clinic visits to get the care they need.

“If we don’t come here with this type of medicine, nobody will,” Palacios said.

January 17, 2017 11:10 am

Clinic highlights from Lima

Written by Rosali Vela

The past week, MEDLIFE Volunteers and medical professionals from Peru visited neighborhoods around Lima for mobile clinics. Students from Boston College, Claremont College, Mount Saint Mary College, Cornell, Wisconsin, UC Berkley, Modesto Junior College, California State University Long Beach, Iowa, Temple, San Francisco State University, Pomona College, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland at College Park and University of Massachusetts at Amherst participated. Over the week, MEDLIFE Mobile clinics were able to serve over 800 aldults and over 700 children. These photos are from various areas around Lima and highlight some of the services MEDLIFE provides during mobile clinics.

IMG 7769Mobile clinics adapt to the unique setting and needs of each neighborhood, utilizing tents, community spaces and even homes, to provide care. 

IMG 7822Over 1500 patients passed through MEDLIFE´s mobile clinics over a 5 day period. 

IMG 8287The education station gives information on prevention methods for common health problems in Lima. Women´s health is part of the focus of the education program and over 250 women were able to consult with an obstrotrician during the week.

IMG 8313After talking to a doctor, patients pick up any necessary medication from the pharmacy. About 1400 patients recieved medication pescribed by a doctor working the clinic.

IMG 8353Patients receive one on one conversations and checkups with local doctors while volunteers aid and learn from the professionals. After this week, MEDLIFE nurses will continue to visit with 83 patients who are a part of the follow up program.

IMG 8380Children have a station set up for toothbrushing techniques and fluoride application. Over 1,100 children brushed their teeth and received a free toothbrush.

IMG 7978Over 200 patients were able to receive dental care throughout the clinic. About half of the patients were children.

January 3, 2017 4:31 pm

A Christmas Chocolatada in Lima

Written by Rosali Vela

Last week, MEDLIFE, helped to host a Chocolatada at the Señor de Muruhuay School in Lima. A Cholotada is traditional Christmas celebration, popular in Peru, where a Hot Cocoa-like drink is passed around with Panetton bread. Through donations, MEDLIFE was also able to give all the Children in the class a present as well.

IMG 4847 copyA clown visited the children to sing and dance to Christmas music.

IMG 4895 copyPanetton bread is prepared for the Chocolatada.

IMG 4898 copyDon't tell the kids! Yanet played the role of Papá Noel.

IMG 4923 copyKids were excited to meet Papá Noel.

IMG 5059 copyThe volunteers had almost as much fun as the children!

IMG 5154 copyThanks to donations, volunteers were able to deliver gifts to the children at Señor de Muruhuay School

IMG 5211 copyMEDLIFE's own, Raul, delivers a gift for the celebration.

 

August 29, 2016 2:44 pm

2015-16 School Year Mobile Clinic Recap

Written by Jake Kincaid

MEDLIFE finished the last of the 2015-2016 school year with the last summer clinics this August! It was an amazing year, and with the help of our chapters we were able to hold more mobile clinics and see more patients than ever before! Here is a quick recap of what we were able to accomplish in our mobile clinics this year. A huge thanks to everyone who got involved and made all of these clinics possible!

22,771 Volunteers traveled to our destinations around the world to work in MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics.

 

4Our dentists saw 5,510 patients.

 

6Our doctors saw 30,126 patients in general medicine.

 

7Our volunteers taught 18,805 kids how to brush their teeth and left them with their own toothbrush!

8In clinic our OBGYN gave 2,246 PAP smears and 4560 breast exams.

9Our Mobile Clinics saw 61,247 total attentions. 

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