Healthier communities in rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon.
To improve the health of individuals living in the Peruvian Amazon by teaching community health workers medical knowledge, skills and preventative health measures to better their lives and those of their communities.
Community Driven: Effective health projects focus on engaging local community members and building the capacity of the local people to improve their own health. Our efforts work towards building up communities that support themselves and provide for the health of their members so that one day they will be able to do so independently.
Sustainability: Health projects are designed not only to improve the health of a community but also to leave an enduring positive social, economic and environmental impact. Building up local resources that are present year-round, rather than simply providing health services for the short time we are there, is the best way to impact health long-term.
Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for the responsible use of funds and the demonstration of measurable outcomes of our programs. Financially this is achieved through careful accounting of scholarships, grants and donations. Academically we are committed to the scientific evaluation of the qualitative and quantitative effects of our work.
Reciprocal Learning: We have a wealth of knowledge to impart to the people we serve in Peru, but they have a great deal to teach us as well. We must first understand the cultural, social and environmental factors that contribute to the health of communities before designing projects that fit the wants and needs of their member. Learning about and respecting local customs is key to encouraging development of the frameworks for healthcare education we work to establish.
Student Based: We are a nonprofit founded and run by health students dedicated to making a difference in the Peruvian Amazon. As such we are in a unique position to provide assistance and education with limited outside oversight and restrictions. We provide a framework for ground level global health volunteerism to health students who may go on to lead global health projects of their own.