World Changer Sessions Interview with Amazon Promise Founder Patty Webster
WCS-001: Patty Webster is saving lives in the Amazon
ReleasedJun 01, 2014
Join us as Patty Webster shares amazing stories about her work with Amazon Promise to bring medical care and health education to the people of the Amazon. About Patty Webster: In the early 1990s, Patty Webster became a tour guide in the Peruvian Amazon. Soon after her arrival, she noticed a desperate unmet need for medical care. Patty began sharing her own equipment and supplies and was soon waking up to find people outside her mosquito net asking for medicine. Before long, Patty had started Amazon Promise, an organization dedicated to bringing free health care to one of the poorest parts of the world. Braving floods and flies, snakes and poor sanitation, Patty leads medical volunteers to the Amazon jungle.
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.
Attention Medical Professionals and Students!
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.
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.
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.
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.