Medical Mission Trip to Chulucanas, Peru
Back in 2011 I was given the opportunity to go to Chulucanas, Peru on a medical mission trip through Global Health Ministry. About 45 of us go each October and are gone for 2 weeks to a little town no larger than Hornell at the base of the Andes Mountains. We perform surgeries and see acute care patients for upwards of around 400-450 people that come from sometimes as far as 10 hours away. Many of the issues that the patients are being seen and treated for have been going on for years and years because there is such limited access to doctors and surgeons.
As I am neither a doctor OR a surgeon, while I am there I am a pharmacist. I and my friend from Ocean City, Maryland have run the pharmacy every year since 2011. In 2 weeks time we set up, run, stock, inventory, and tear down an entire working pharmacy. We see patients mainly when they are ready to leave and give them their medications upon discharge. We also supply the hospital as needed and the acute care group that makes daily trips up into the mountains. We are on the go from 7am to 7pm every day but the days fly right by….and we LOVE IT!
I am so appreciative of the opportunity that I was given and where it has taken me. I am also extremely thankful for all of the help that I get from my friends and family at CVFP that make it possible to be able to do this year after year.