Medical Mission to Juanjui, Peru
NEXT MEDICAL MISSION - September 2013
Sponsored by The Luz Fund
Dates: September 22 thru October 5 2013.
Mission will be fourteen(14) days in length and include three(3) days working in Juanjui and six(6) days working in villages along the Huayabamba River. One week participation in the mission will be considered but will be given second consideration.
General Information for October 2013:
Each Medical unit will be led by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner with a Nurse assistant.
A Tech or second Nurse could be added as available.
Each team will work three to four days at the hospital in Juanjui and six days travelling to river villages along the Huayabamba River.
General Practice will include diagnostics, treatment, medicine dispensing where applicable, referrals when necessary, and teaching utilizing the services of CNAs Paramedics or EMTs.
Paramedics will work with the General Practice unit and independently on education in the town and villages for First Aid, CPR, Poison Control, etc. A similar program during our October 2011 mission met with great success and enthusiasm by the local population and healthcare officials.
Juanjui is a small town with a population of around 50,000. The capital of Mariscal Caceres Province in the region of San Martin, Juanjui lies on the bank of the Hullaga River. September/October is Spring in Juanjui but temperatures could be warm. Seasons are the opposite of those in the USA. Temperature will likely be in the mid 80’s in Juanjui.
It is suggested that you carry a good mosquito repellant. Local water is safe for bathing, and for cooking when boiled. Bottled water is readily available and the suggestion is to use it for drinking and other personal use such as brushing teeth. You may wish to carry hand sanitizer.
Because you are near the equator, the sun is very strong, if you are sensitive use a good sunscreen. Long sleeves and hats are also suggested. If you will be on a team travelling to the river villages, a mosquito net for sleeping is recommended. The town of Juanjui did have a short term outbreak of Dengue Fever in 2010, and Typhoid is always a threat.
• This will be our sixth mission to Juanjui in the past four years.
• It is suggested that you arrive in Lima in time to travel to Tarapoto on a Sunday morning flight.
• There is a comfortable and safe B&B in Lima that we use regularly. Charges are typically $25.00 per night including breakfast.
• When arriving in Lima you will be met by a representative of The Luz Fund. Please use a safe taxi service suggested by our representative. Taxi service to the Casa Dali(B&B) runs around $20.00 USD, for one person or several in the same taxi.
Sunday is travel day for both weekends. It is necessary, because of the cost to our hosts and the distance traveled, that team members fly to Tarapoto on Sunday for ground transportation to Juanjui, and return from Tarapoto to Lima on Saturday. For this reason we ask you to make consideration for these arrangements when making your international flights to and from Lima. It is also suggested that afternoon flights leaving Tarapoto to return to Lima be utilized. It avoids very early morning departures.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN TRAVEL COSTS TO LIMA AND TARAPOTO. RT FROM TAMPA TO TARAPOTO CAN COST FROM $790. TO $1200. (AMERICAN AIRLINES & STAR-PERU)
If you plan to spend a few days in Lima, the weather will be mild but likely humid.
LIMA IS AN INTERESTING CITY FOR SIGHTSEEING WITH SEVERAL MUSEUMS, ANCIENT CHURCHES, AND GOOD RESTAURANTS.
ALWAYS USE RECOMMENDED SAFE TRANSPORTATION
• Transportation from Tarapoto to Juanjui and return will be furnished.
• Room and breakfast in Juanjui will be furnished. Occasionally Lunch and some dinners are furnished. Other meals taken at a local restaurant are each persons expense and usually cost ($3. to $5.)
• Local transportation in Juanjui is relatively inexpensive but is your responsibility. Usually around 2 or 3 soles($0.60) anyplace in town.
• Travel to river villages is furnished as is cost of overnights, if required, in villages.
If you are carrying any items for use during the mission, such as drugs or medicines, supplies, equipment, etc., let us know in advance so that we can furnish you with a letter that may help ease your Customs experience.
Sometimes you may be asked to help carry medicines and supplies in your personal luggage. Please try to limit your personal items to one bag so you will be able to carry a second bag with mission supplies.
If you need to change currency, it is recommended that you do so in Lima,(not at the airport). There are several banks in close proximity to the Casa Dali.
If you want to be a part of our October Medical Mission group, it is necessary that you contact us ASAP. Positions are filling and it is necessary for us to receive your licensing information.
Send CV and License information to one of the Contact numbers below.
WEB LINKS:(currently being updated)
Our organization: http://theluzfund.blogspot.com/
Our Peru Project: http://juanjuiproject.blogspot.com/
Photos from our recent Eye Care Mission: https://picasaweb.google.com/Pooka711/EyeCareMissionJune2011JuanjuiPeru?authkey=Gv1sRgCK39kpahwYv6Tw#
The Luz Fundacion
Tel: 813-689-3289 ;
Cel: 813-215-0071 ;