Amazon Promise treats 1,324 people in February 2015
Amazon Promise founder and president, Patty Webster, reports on the success of the February 2015 medical and humanitarian expedition to Iquitos, Peru and the surrounding impoverished communities along the Amazon River and its tributaries. Amazon Promise held 10 medical clinics with the help of generous volunteers from the University of Michigan, Penn State, the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and the University of Winnipeg.
Despite the challenges of funding, logistics and the environment, Amazon Promise diagnosed and treated an astonishing 1,324 people who are too poor to afford even government-subsidized medical care. In addition, thanks to a special crowd-sourced funding campaign, Amazon Promise added cervical cancer screening and treatment to its regimen of care and encountered an astonishing 22% incidence rate of women in urban areas who required cryotherapy treatment.
Furthermore, as part of its commitment to improve the general health and living conditions of the poor, Amazon Promise is continuing its collaboration with Engineers Without Borders to install rainwater catchment systems and with Toilets for People to install composting toilets in areas surrounded by raw sewage.
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It's finally here! The Amazon Promise Winter 2014-2015 Newsletter! Catch up on the work Amazon Promise has done in 2014. Read about the highlights from our expeditions. Hear from volunteers about their experiences. And most of all, we like to use the newsletter to remind YOU, our member donors, of the tremendous good that you do.
Attention Medical Professionals and Students!
Support Our Ongoing Work in Belen
Located adjacent to Iquitos, Belén is a sprawling river community of some 74,000 people who lack the most basic amenities required for human health. Outdoor defecation, piles of rotting trash and drinking water contamination are rife. Most children are malnourished. Living conditions are beyond comprehension. The prevalence of many diseases is extremely high. Maternal and infant mortality rates are also high.
Health Education, Prevention and Intervention
¡Soy Capaz! is Amazon Promise's HIV-prevention, education, and patient care program that also includes education about other infectious diseases, domestic violence, women's rights, and environmental protection. The motto, "¡Soy Capaz de protegerme!" (I can protect myself) sends a strong, encouraging message, empowering each and every person to actively take charge of his/her life and share the responsibility for the health of their community and environment.
Touching the Lives of thousands in need!
Amazon Promise is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization founded to provide desperately needed medical and dental care to remote populations living in the Upper Amazon Basin of Northeastern Peru. Our Peruvian operations are headquartered in the jungle city of Iquitos where we provide medical services and education to its residents and neighboring Belen. Additionally, since 1993 we have conducted routine medical outreach, training and education in 40 remote villages. Our volunteers form the backbone of our organization. Both medical, dental and non-medical volunteers work alongside our seasoned American and Peruvian staff to serve the needs of over 6,000 people each year.
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Dentistry is an important part of Amazon Promise’s work in Peru. We're always looking for dentists and dental students to join our Promise Expeditions.
During our health campaigns and clinics in indigenous and river villages of the Peruvian Amazon, Amazon Promise offers treatments to patients that combine western and traditional medicine. We explain and orient our patients in the use of medicinal plants.