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  • Caroline is a six year old girl from Kilema-Moshi. We met Caroline in May 2017, while a MEDLIFE mobile clinic at her community. Caroline is a young and charming girl, who was diagnosed with Chronic Tonsillitis during her visit at the Mobile clinic. Due to her condition, she was then put into our follow-up patient program. The first home visit at Caroline’s place was on 11th August 2017 with Dr. ...

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  • Five months ago Peru was hit with historic rains, resulting in flash floods and mudslides known as "huaicos". The destruction of essential infrastructure such as bridges and homes severely damaged the communities we partner with. Support and donations from our global network of MEDLIFE Chapters and volunteers allowed us to begin immediate aid in the form of water, clothing and medical care when th...

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  • On July 20th and 21st, MEDLIFE hosted its first mobile clinic at the Santa Monica Women's Penitentiary in Lima, Peru. We returned last week to host both an educational workshop and to provide follow up care to the patients.MEDLIFE delivered pap smear results and provided treatment and medication, including ultrasounds where necessary, to the 120 women that we saw in July. A patient undergoing u...

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  • Five months ago, Peru was hit with historic rains, flash floods and mudslides, known here as huaycos. During our initial efforts to provide relief, MEDLIFE met a mother from a local school, Colegio Inmaculada in Naña. She informed MEDLIFE that the school was lacking a proper sanitary area for the children to eat, also known as a comedor. Without this comedor, the school is at risk of losing access...

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  • Last Friday the MEDLIFE summer interns joined the community members of Union de Santa Fe to inaugurate the completion of a new staircase. Not only will this provide safe and secure access to several homes but is the main point of access to the newly constructed second floor of the Wawa Wasi. Thank you to all the 2017 summer interns for the help on this project and all your work over the last thre...

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  • “Why are you helping abroad and not back at home?”    This question haunted me throughout the summer, but I knew it would follow me the rest of my life since I have a desire to live and work in another country after graduation. It was hard for me to answer, but interning with MEDLIFE for a summer helped me find clarity.   I devoted three months of my life to uncertainty. I had never been away from...

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  • MEDLIFE recently held its second annual Leadership Corps, a two-week service learning trip that is open to Chapter Leaders and Student Advisory Board (SAB) members. This year, eight student leaders were joined by MEDLIFE staff, including CEO Dr. Nick Ellis, in Ecuador and Peru to learn in-depth about MEDLIFE’s work and future goals, as well as global health and development issues such as structura...

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  • Jose Galvez is a district within the Municipality of Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima, Peru. The district is well known as the home of the largest cement factory in Peru. To reach Karol's house required a trek which involved 3 buses, a walk along the highway across from the cement factory, and finally, a hike up the steep pathway to the house. There are no stairs, no paths, or guides on the way to ...

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  • We first met Maria Borja Nono, age 55, about a year ago when she attended a MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic in the community of Shobol Pamba, Parroquia San Juan, del Cantón Riobamba in Ecuador. She was examined by our gynecologist and found to have a cystocele, a medical condition that occurs when the wall between a woman's bladder and her vagina is torn. This rupture most likely occured during the delivery...

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  • Luis Soria is a patient who came to us last spring during a MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic in the community of Cecel San Antonio del Cantón Licto of Riobamba, Ecuador. During his consultation, one of our doctors diagnosed Luis with inguinal hernias. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your groin muscle. This causes a bulge in the groin or scrotum which may hurt or burn. Doc...

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  • José Permillot Salgado was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type II over 30 years ago, but his story with MEDLIFE began on October 6, 2011. This was the day our patient follow-up coordinator and nurse, Ruth Varona, paid Permillot a visit in his residence after receiving an email about his deteroriating condition. We were informed about his needs through a friend of our international liason, Angie...

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  • WHY STAIRCASES? Our Staircase Construction Projects were inspired by the story of a MEDLIFE patient, Chais Pipa. Chais fell down the steep hillside that leads to her home, prompting a premature birth and health complications for her newborn child. After speaking to Chais and other community members, we learned that several health problems were related to falls and the inability to navigate the ste...

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  • WHY SANITATION? For MEDLIFE Ecuador, bathroom construction projects are an integral part of the health care work that we do. Projects are typically focused on rural, majority indigenous communities on the outskirts of cities. These areas are geographically isolated from access to reliable potable water and improved sanitation. In 2011, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared diarrhoeal diseas...

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  • From July 19 - July 27, 2017, volunteers from high schools in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico attended a specialized service-learning trip in Lima, Peru, where they worked all week on mobile clinics and community development projects. MEDLIFE interns and staff also held discussions with  volunteers covering topics in global medicine, development and education. Through this opportunity, the student...

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  • The view from Mercedes's house.   Through this internship, I have had many opportunities to reflect on privilege in ways I have never conceptualized before. One day, I accompanied Janet, a MEDLIFE nurse, to a follow up appointment with Mercedes, who lives high up in the community of 15A1, Nueva Esperanza. While MEDLIFE has worked with 15A1 to build many staircases in the community, the final porti...

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  • From Thursday, July 20 to Friday, July 21, 2017, MEDLIFE hosted its very first mobile clinic with the Santa Monica Women's Penitentiary in Lima, Peru. The two-day clinic was focused on women's health. The first day consisted of multiple women's health-related education sessions, where a variety of topics were covered including safe sex, risks and warning signs for cervical cancer, how to perform r...

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MEDLIFE
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  • On several occasions, MEDLIFE has had the opportunity to host Mobile Clinics in the community of Pachamama Chico, located in the Alausí Canton, Tixan Parish, in the province of Chimborazo, Ecuador. In Pachamama Chico, MEDLIFE has attended to and helped with the treatment of multiple patients suffering from different heart problems.   During the recent summer Mobile Clinic season, MEDLIFE returned ...

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  • At the end of the Mobile Clinic season, MEDLIFE is able to start working with patients more closely and with a more in-depth approach. Mobile Clinics bring with them a series of patients who are later entered into the MEDLIFE follow up program.  Among these patients, there are many whose health complications would be easily treated in a medical center.  This was the case with two patients we met i...

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  • On Monday, July 3rd, 2017 MEDLIFE Staff visited the communities of 15A1 and 15C in Villa María del Triunfo to innaugurate a brand-new water project. In June, several of the Lima mobile clinic participants were working on a  staircase project in 15C. Here, they listened to the community members discuss the need for a way to pump water from the bottom of the hill to the top. The volunteers asked tha...

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MEDLIFE
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  • I first met Deli on the final day of a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip; I had been sent to photograph the inauguration of a staircase in the community. The 9 year-old's shyness had apparently worn off as, almost immediately, Deli was giving me a tour of her newly constructed home. All it took was some encouragement from a couple of fellow MEDLIFE staff members, Kristine and Lina, who had been workin...

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  • "The sky is the limit if you have a roof over your head."- Sol Hurok     There are many moving parts that go into the creation of a safe building, but in Peruvian construction, the roof is considered the most important. A completed roof symbolizes a completed project. The walls may need spackling and a fresh coat of paint, and the floor may need cleaning, but these are just aesthetic changes. No ...

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  • This blog is part of a series showcasing chapters that won awards in this year's 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.   The Ohio State University MEDLIFE chapter is committed to service and building relationships with other groups on campus and in the surrounding community. They h...

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  • Thirty-six year old Dr. Carolina Wong has been working with MEDLIFE as a dentist in Lima for almost two years. She was first motivated to pursue medicine because of her desire and drive to connect with patients and help people with their problems. With her passion for serving others, Dr. Carolina was a natural fit for the MEDLIFE team.    We sat down with Dr. Carolina to learn more about her story...

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  • On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, members of the MEDLIFE staff visited the community of Villa Rica to deliver an educational workshop preceding the weekend's upcoming clinic. Villa Rica is a community located in the Lomo Corvina zone of the Villa El Salvador district. Tuesday's educational session was focused on women's health, covering topics ranging from breast and cervical cancer to sexual health. MEDL...

MEDLIFE
MEDLIFE
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  • 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.   The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley started their chapter in 2017. From the beginning, they were on the track to success. The very first chapter meeting had...

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MEDLIFE
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  • Twenty-seven year old doctor Evelin Mota describes her childhood as being centered around serving people.  Having a mother as a nurse, Evelin spent a lot of time in hospitals growing up, and became aware of the existence of people in need. She remembers her mother's exciting work environment and  the joys of being able to help those in need. Inspired by her childhood, Evelin decided to pursuit a ...

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MEDLIFE
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  • The first half of our Summer 2017 Interns have finally arrived in Lima! Keep reading to learn more about them! Aidan Wells: Communications Intern Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia School: University of Georgia Major: Biology & Spanish with a minor in Global Health How did you get involved in MEDLIFE? I joined the UGA Chapter of MEDLIFE my freshman year of college after I heard the former chapter pre...

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