Mission: Peru

Mission Facts

  • Location: Lima, Peru

  • Population: 10,000,000

  • Dates: 01/20/2017 - 01/25/2017

  • Surgeons: Dr. Dean Anselmo

  • Focus: General and Vascular Malformations

  • Complexity: Medium - High

  • Training: Medium - High

  • Average Mended: 30

Mission Brief

Where in the World
Peru is located in western South America and is bordered by Ecuador and Columbia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is a country rich in cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity.

Healthcare in Peru
Peru is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is classified as an upper middle income country by the World Bank. Despite this economic growth, it is still a developing country with a poverty level of 26%. Almost 40% of children in the country are living below the poverty line. The government offers universal healthcare coverage, however funds are not enough to cover the entire population. Only 50% of Peruvians with chronic health issues receive any sort of treatment.

The Children
In recent years, Peru has made important advances towards improving early childhood healthcare and outcomes. According to UNICEF, prenatal care and attended deliveries have increased significantly during the last decade, reducing infant mortality and infection rates.

The Mission
Last year, general surgeon Dr. Dean Anselmo and anesthesiologist, Dr. Brian Kim, led a team to perform pediatric surgeries for children who had been waiting years for surgical aid. This year, the same doctors are returning and are looking forward to working together with the surgeons at the military hospital in Lima, Peru. They will be performing an intensive surgery on a young Peruvian to save and change her life forever, in addition to training local surgeons and medical staff on specialized techniques and aftercare.

Interested Volunteers
Although this mission was completed earlier this year, we would love to have you join us on a future mission. If you are interested in volunteering, review our FAQ section (click the Get Involved tab, then Mission Volunteer button) and then contact molly@mendingkids.org. The team fee for this mission is $4000 and will require a deposit of $500 to hold your spot.

Join our team by donating today in support of Mending Kids’ efforts to help Peruvian children living with birth defects live longer, stronger lives.

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