While working at the Centro de Salud in Pisac, I had several opportunities to join some of the rural health campaigns. These health campaigns were basically mobile health clinics run by the Pisac clinical staff, and were set-up in very rural sites outside of Pisac, sometimes as far as 2-3 hour drive away.
I really loved these rural campaigns because it was an awesome opportunity to see how life was like outside of the city….and we were able to provide some basic health services to patients in very remote areas. Also, the Peruvian countryside is beautiful!
This was our transportation for the clinic supplies and staff.
This is the building we used to set up clinic – in this particular case we set up in the local elementary school.
Some of the clinical staff registering patients as they came through.
An obstetrical nurse attending to an expecting mother.
Once the clinic gets up and running, it can get quite busy…
…and sometimes with unexpected visitors.
Every patient got a “goody bag” of some basic sanitary supplies and a few toys for the kids.
The only problem with working in such rural locations is that often the roads are horrible, which sometimes can be quite a problem. In this occasion, as seen above, we got stuck in the mud and really had a hard time getting out. The other problem with being in such a remote location is there is no such thing as calling for a tow-truck. Check out some of the videos here and here: