Recently I’ve been working at an American-operated clinic called CerviCusco. It is a small women’s clinic located in Larapas, a district within Cusco. Because cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Peruvian women, the goal of the clinic is to prevent cervical cancer development by screening with pap smears. You can check out more about the clinic at http://www.cervicusco.org/
One of the most impressive things about the CerviCusco clinic is it is the only place in all of Cusco (and probably one of few in the entire country) that does the liquid based sampling method of pap smears. This is a much more reliable and accurate method of cervical screening, but requires a lot of expensive equipment. Fortunately, CerviCusco has obtained all the necessary equipment, and is able to process all of their own samples, without having to send them out to a lab. We also have our own pathology reader, Erika, who analyzes every slide under the microscope for evaluation of any abnormal cervical pathology.
All in all, CerviCusco is a wonderful place to work, with outstanding facilities and amazing staff. They also do community campaigns to increase cervical cancer screening in areas where rural women do not have access to health facilities (another post to come on these campaigns later). For more information about the clinic or volunteering there, please check out their website, http://www.cervicusco.org/