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  • MEDLIFE Chapter Spotlight: University of Tampa
    This blog is part of a series showcasing chapters that won awards in this years MEDLIFE Awards. Each week we will be talking to a chapter to hear about their keys to success. Find out how to start a MEDLIFE chapter at your school HERE. University of Tampa has had a successful year as a new chapter. They quickly picked up the ball and ran with it. They recently received a reward from their Universi...
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  • Meet the Doctor: Gustavo Arnao García
    Dr. Gustavo Arnao García found his motivation to study medicine in his father, rheumatologist and former president of the Peruvian Society of Rheumatology. This example lead Dr. Gustavo to pursue his career of medicine at the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, the oldest university of the Americas.   The MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics working model is similar to what Dr. Gustavo does at the Peruvian Red Cro...
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  • Renovating a school in Ecuador
    Last week, MEDLIFE staff and volunteers worked with the Atahualpa neighborhood in Tena, Ecuador to paint and restore the local day care school in the area. Volunteers worked for 4 days sanding, repainting and In addition to the volunteers, many parents of children in the nursery came out to work in afternoons and weekends. A volunteer sands a wall to be painted in the day care school. The day care...
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  • MEDLIFE Chapter Spotlight: University of Nevada, Reno
      This blog is part of a series showcasing chapters that won awards in this years MEDLIFE Awards. Each week we will be talking to a chapter to hear about their keys to success. Find out how to start a MEDLIFE chapter at your school HERE.   University of Nevada Reno’s MEDLIFE Chapter has made strides in expanding members and was this years runner up in MEDLIFE Awards for the social media category. ...
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  • MEDLIFE DOCTOR SPOTLIGHT: JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ
      For five years, Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez worked in the Amazon as an infectious diseases expert. When he returned to his home in Lima, he reached out to MEDLIFE and has been working with the NGO ever since.      Dr. Jose Luis’s commitment to medicine began with his family. When his siblings fell ill, his father always asked Dr. Jose Luis to care for them. This motivated him to study medicine, whi...
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  • BUILDING THE FIRST STAIRCASE OF THE SUMMER SEASON
    Nadine Heredia is a community in Lima, Peru established in 2012. MEDLIFE has been working in Nadine since its founding and this week we will complete our eight staircase project.   Nadine Heredia Community.   Fabiola Rosales (age 29), is a member of one of the 350 families who have benefited from this project. She has been living in Nadine since 2014 at the highest part of the hill, next to the “W...
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  • Life after the Huaicos
    Tents provided by the municipal government line the streets, inside them varying levels of food, water and possessions. Some families have a car parked outside the tent, others have functioning kitchens with ovens and stoves powered by gas. Still many have little more than the clothes and belongings they managed to salvage from the flood. Since after the huaicos that destroyed parts of the 27 de J...
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  • A Second Floor for the Union De Santa Fe Wawawasi
         MEDLIFE is proud to announce that the plans to construct a second floor to the Union De Santa Fe Wawa Wasi were finalized in April 2017 as community members and MEDLIFE CEO Nick Ellis signed agreements.       The first floor to the Wawa wasi was completed in 2015 , and serves as a space for the governments "Cuna Más" program. The government will provide trained childcare personel and nutriti...
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  • Huayco relief aid underway
    Last week, MEDLIFE staff visited Cajamarquilla in Lima, Peru to deliver water and supplies to a community affected by the huaycos. We were able to secure a water tank truck to deliver much needed water to the community of 27 de Junio. 27 de Junio relies on water tanks filled by trucks, that have been seeing infrequent visits since the huaycos. Tempora Ventura Donato, who lives in 27 de Junio, said...
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  • The Construction of Soledad's House has Been Completed!
    In April of 2017 MEDLIFE completed one of our long-term projects, building a house for Soledad and her son. MEDLIFE met Soledad in 2014 (full story here), and upon see her living conditions, we knew we needed to get her a new home. The home she was in was unsafe, and appeared to be on the verge of collapse. The fundraising process and construction process was long, but we succeeded. A group of stu...
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  • Spring Mobile Clinic Season concludes in Peru
    Last week brought a close to MEDLIFE´s Spring Mobile Clinic season. MEDLIFE staff and volunteers from Universities across the US and Canada worked in communities in the capital city of Lima as well as Cusco. Over the 6 weeks in Lima, a total of 4237 patients came visited a Mobile Clinic of which 1669 were children. A total of 3185 patients visited during the 3 week of clinics around Cusco as well....
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  • Navya Singirikonda : 50:50 Campaign
    Navya Singirikonda from Texas A and M raised 3000$ in her 50:50 campaign for her Mobile Clinic Trip to Cusco. We spoke with her to find out how she ran such a succesful campaign and about her experience on her MEDLIFE trip.  How did you first hear about the 5050 campaign? I had a friend who did MEDLIFE last year so she told me about it, but also it was on the website. Why did you decide to do the...
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  • A Slide for the Kiura School
    The old slide.      When Grant Schmidt visited this school in Kiura on a MEDLIFE volunteer trip with Miami University, he knew they could do more than just help complete the bathroom project they worked on during the week long trip. After seeing a child climb to the top of this slid and then decide not to slide down, as the wood was old, rotting, and splintery, he decided he would organize his gro...
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  • Water Tanks in Laderas Completed
          In March of 2017 MEDLIFE completed our largest water project yet in the community of Laderas, in Lima Peru. The three water tanks will serve 220 families and about 1000 residents. The community is located high on the hillside and is dependent on water trucks. They are located so high, that the water trucks rarely drive to their community. Before the tanks, residents quickly ran out of water ...
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  • Nicolas de Pierola: Waiting, Forgotten and Thirsty.
    Carmen Galanza has lived in Nicolas Pierola for twenty years. She never expected to see a disaster the magnitude of the Huaycos, a flood of mud and water, that came and tore her house in half, along with dozens of others on March 15 of 2017. Fifteen days later, no organization has arrived to help those left homeless, and no one has arrived with water. “We are here, waiting and forgotten,” said Ga...
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  • Water for Communties Isolated by Landslides.
    Las Brisas de California, next to the huge drainage gorge carved by the floods.       When Rosio's daughter began to panic and tell her she was certain, a huge flood was coming, she could hear it, Rosio didn't believe it at first. It was raining, sure but Rosio didn't hear anything but the normal sound of the rain. Then she saw the avalanche of water and mud cascading down the hillside.  They grab...
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  • MEDLIFE visits areas affected by flooding
    Historic flooding and mudslides have hit Peru bringing the worst destruction from floods in two decades. An estimated 70,000 people have been displaced from their homes along with an estimated 72 dead due to the natural disaster. Referred to locally by the Quechua name of Huaycos, these natural disasters are a results of heavy rain brought on by the El Niño season in the Pacific ocean. The rains c...
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  • The Wall of Shame separating the rich and poor of Lima
    In the hills, high above the city center of Lima, Peru, sits the community of Nadine. One of Lima’s Pueblos Jovenes, or young towns, people began to settle in the area in 2012 and now there is an estimated 350 families living there. Lima is surrounded by informal communities, like Nadine, without land titles and thus without recognition from the government and legal access to public electricity an...
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  • MEDLIFE Doctor Spotlight: Genry Aguilar
               Dr. Genry Aguilar has been working as a doctor on mobile clinics with MEDLIFE for two years now. He practices medicine where he grew up, in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru.      Dr. Aguilar brings an infectious energy when he works mobile clinics. When talking with a patient, all parties are engaged, including volunteers. The conversations are in Spanish, apart from small asides in Engl...
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  • Bibbi's House Completed in Tanzania
           Marangu is a lush green rural Tanzanian town tucked in the shadows of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro. MEDLIFE conducted clinics there in 2016. Many of the houses were very poorly constructed and offered little shelter from monsoons.      One particular case was brought to our attention when during a mobile clinic, an 84 year-old woman wrapped in colorful cloth came in named Elianasia, nickname...
  • The road to water access in Laderas de Nueva Esperanza
    Water access is an issue that communities around Lima continue to face. Development in the slums of Lima happens backwards, in that people move in and then utilities like electricity and water are installed, often times taking years to get a steady access. The best option in Lima for water is connecting to SEDPAL, the city’s water system, however, many of the communities MEDLIFE works with lack th...
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  • First week of spring clinics in Lima
    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.  Volunteers visited 4 different communities around Lima. All 368 patients were able to consult with a doctor. In total, 172 of the patients were children. 290 of th...
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  • Bringing Doctors to the Patients
    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 ...
  • The challenge of getting to the hospital
    In the weeks following MEDLIFE’s mobile clinics, nurses are busy traveling door to door to patients homes to follow up with those who need further care after the clinics. This is the second step. After the medical clinic has come to the patients, the nurses will come to patient's home to talk more about treatments. In the community of San Martin, Carmen, a MEDLIFE nurse, talks to an woman in her s...
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  • A Sandwich Cart for Nataly
    The inauguration was an emotional moment for everyone. Nataly would finally be able to support her family and care for her children. Her son lost his arm three years ago in an accident with a cane cutting machine (full story here.) Nataly's family went under financially trying to cover the cost of the medical bills from the accident. Nataly told us the best thing for her would be able to work clos...
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  • Huge Staircase Project Completed in Ecuador
     MEDLIFE recently completed our second of two massive staircases in Ecuador, drastically improving access to the community of Llinllin Santa Fe. The path is used by the communities school children to get to school, and now they can safely descend the mountainside to their school.  The project required lots of teamwork between volunteers and locals, and was constructed over the course of 8 MEDLIFE ...
  • Delivering Test Results: Patient by Patient
    This Winter clinic season MEDLIFE performed around 300 pap smears in Lima and 270 in Ecuador to screen for cervical cancer. In Ecuador our nurses deliver the results to community leaders, who hand out the results. In Lima, we used to rely on community leaders to hand out the results of the tests, but we realized the results were not always getting to our patients.             Our nurses decided t...
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  • Intern Journal: Joe Comer
      Back in November, I passed my first MEDLIFE Chapter up (meaning a school I had been working with fulfilled all the requirements to be an official MEDLIFE Chapter). I had worked with a student who wanted to bring MEDLIFE to their own campus for the past two months. Through emails and phone calls, we were able to figure out how to get students on their campus involved in the MEDLIFE movement. I’m...
  • A Home for Rosa Morocho
    Nicol Morocho sneaks out to get a popcicle while she waits with her mom at a medical clinic.      Every morning Nicol, a bubbly nine-year old Peruvian girl, descends the hill she lives on alone to get to school. She says goodbye to her mom Rosa, who sits on a rug next to the bed in the middle of their one room home. Nicol will return later with food for both of them, and she knows her mom will sti...
  • House Clean-up Project in Cusco
       In the 2017 winter clinic season MEDLIFE Cusco began to help organize, renovate and clean people's houses alongside our fuel efficient stove project. The effort was a great success, leaving community members with nicer homes while fostering connection and cultural exchange between volunteers and locals. We also worked to improve sanitation by enouraging better hygiene practices like, for exampl...
  • Clinic highlights from Lima
    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 Ma...
  • A water reservoir in Laderas Nueva Esperanza
    Last friday, the community of Laderas Nueva Esperanza was able to inaugurate a new water reservoir. The project was the result of three years of collaboration between MEDLIFE, leaders from Laderas and the sponsorship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of California-Berkeley MEDLIFE chapters. Through fundraising efforts and donations, the UW-Madison and UC Berkeley chapters were ...
  • Chapter Spotlight: Winona State University
    This week we interviewed Spencer Treu, President of the Winona State MEDLIFE chapter, about how the chapter's success. The chapter has been very successful, growing very rapidly, attending several trips, and brining $5000 worth of medical supplies to their recent Mobile Clinic in Cusco. How did you get involved with MEDLIFE?  It’s actually a funny little story, halfway through my college career I...
  • A Christmas Chocolatada in Lima
    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. A clown visited the children to sing and dance to Christmas music. Panetton br...
  • 50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Alison Jae Lenon and Caroline Wang
    Alison Jae Lenon How did you get involved with a 50:50 Campaign?           My name is Alison, and I did a 50:50 campaign for my trip to Riobamba because I wanted to reduce the price for my trip but the more I did it the more I realized I want to support MEDLIFE’s cause. Especially to help low income families in Ecuador. And that really resonated with me when I finally got here and realized how po...
  • Community Organizer Profile: Edomia Paucarcaja
     Edomia Poma Pallcarcajo works in the comedor in the communidad of El Jardines in San Juan De Miraflores to support her family, serving up nutritious, cheap government subsized meals to her neighbors. Since living in El Jardines, Edomia has worked to improve the life of her community through efforts like teaching a weekend class to local kids out of her house and helping her neighbors on home imp...
  • Mapping Bathroom and Staircase Projects
    MEDLIFE has completed over 207 projects in Peru and 74 in Ecuador. Many of these projects are either Stair Cases or Hygiene projects, both of which have been a core component of MEDLIFE’s work from the beginning. The majority of these projects had GPS coordinates saved for them in an archive. We decided to map them to get a sense of the scope of MEDLIFE’s between 2004 and 2017. Included in the map...
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  • Intern Journal: David Jetha
    En route to Nueva Esperanza this foggy morning, I’m filled with a feeling of anticipation: I get to see Soledad and her son today. Looking out the bus window on our morning commute, I watch people heading off to work. I see children with brightly colored backpacks skipping on the sidewalks with small lunch boxes waving in the air with every swing of their arms. I see street vendors cooking an asso...
  • MEDLIFE to build road in Union Santa Fe
      From right to left: Carlos Benavides, Edinson Aliaga, Raul Huaypaya and Casani look over designs for the new road.  MEDLIFE was introduced to the community of Union Santa Fe in 2012 by the leader of a neighboring community, located in the heart of Pamplona Alta, one of the most impoverished areas of Lima. Union Santa Fe may not have any public spaces, road, electricity nor water access, but they...
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  • Meet the Patient: Isai
    Marica and her son Isai.          Neither Marica Bacillio Lozano nor her Mother have ever lived somewhere they owned. They have always had to rent small homes in poor districts in Lima, Peru. Despite barely scraping by most of the time, Marica said that “we were always moving forward.”           Marica married and had two kids, eventually moving into her own rented home in Manzana A, Via El Salvad...
  • MEDLIFE Holds PAP Smear Result Educational Workshop
    On Friday 9th September, we held our first PAP smear educational workshop.  MEDLIFE has been carrying out PAP smears to test for cervical cancer since some of our earliest clinics.  However, recently our nurses have noticed that many women have not been benefiting from these results as they have never been educated on how to read them correctly.  Women who were being given normal results were worr...
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  • Local Solutions to Anemia in Lima, Peru
    Theresa with all of her ingredients, ready to give the nutricion workshop.           According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. Anemia, a condition resulting from iron deficiency, and malnutrition in general affects primarily impoverished populations around the world. In Peru, where about 50% of the population li...
  • MEDLIFE's Social Housing Project
    Over the last few decades, Peru has seen mass migration into Lima which has led to huge numbers of people gaining land through squatters rights and setting up unstable, poorly built homes to enable them to live in the country's capital.  Since the 1970’s, migration to urban centers has been a huge problem throughout South America and has let to the construction of Brazil’s favelas, Argentina’s vil...

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