in 2006: USD 22,000
("Mobile Unit") for
Samusocial Peru: USD 15,000
Samusocial Peru is
concentrating its efforts in Huaycan, one of the Pueblos
Jovenes (poor neighborhoods) that surround the capital,
Lima. It operates one mobile unit that goes daily to
Huaycan in search of people, mainly children, in need of
immediate medical assistance. The children of Huaycan
and their families face many medical and psychological
problems such as family violence, sexual abuse,
alcoholism, depression, and respiratory and intestinal
diseases. Malnutrition is an issue for many children.
The mobile unit is composed of a social worker, a nurse
and a driver. They cruise the neighborhood in order to
care for and listen to people in social and medical
emergency situations. They organize their actions around
three main missions: medical assistance, psychological
support and preventive education.
In order for them to double their
interventions and to reach parts of Huaycan that they do
not know yet, they need a second ambulance. The new team
operating the new unit will be (as for the first
ambulance) personnel dispatched from the Peruvian Health
Ministry and the Municipality of Ate.
The cost of the brand new Peugeot
Boxer is USD 15,000.00 (fifteen thousand dollars). It
was bought from the Peugeot representative in Lima,
Fight Against Tuberculosis in Huaycan:
This project was financed in late 2006 and execution
started in January 2007.
Tuberculosis is widespread in Huaycan. Hundreds of
persons (including many children) are already sick or at
risk of getting sick. Some children have already died of
the disease for lack of proper treatment.
The Peruvian Health Ministry has put in place a program
to fight the disease that is working well: It is free,
patients come daily to the health center ("Centro de
Salud Senor de los Milagros") in Huaycan to take their
medicine. They have to take it in front of the nurse.
This control is essential: at the start of the program,
nurses were just giving the medicines to patients so
that they could take them later, at home. They then
realized that some patients were throwing the medicines
away or reselling them.
The main problem now is that most of the children under
treatment are not nourished as they should. Malnutrition
weakens the organism and makes treatment much more
difficult. Children are lacking proteins in their diet.
Malnutrition makes the treatment not effective and the
children do not get cured. This can be catastrophic as
the children then become "multi-resistant" and thus end
up needing a much heavier (and much costlier) treatment.
The project's objective is to
reinforce the tuberculosis treatment of the "Centro de
Salud Senor de los Milagros" of Huaycan by offering to
the children under treatment (and their families)
nutritional complements as well as detecting new
children with tuberculosis that are not under treatment
and convince their parents to bring them to the center
All children under treatment will
get a protein rich breakfast every morning when
they come to the Center to get their medicine. The
breakfast will be had at the Center, not taken away.
Specially undernourished patients, adults or children,
will receive an additional vitamin supplement. In order
to monitor the situation, a nutritionist will follow all
the children under treatment by being present at the
Center at least once a month. Finally, several
information campaign about the disease, its cure and
about the Center will be launched by
in Huaycan. They believe that the quantity of people
sick of tuberculosis is much bigger than the group of
people actually receiving treatment at the Center. It is
still a taboo subject in Huaycan and a lot of people
reject treatment. As a result, a lot of children are at
risk of dying of a perfectly curable disease. This
effort will help identify those children and inform
their parents so that they send them to the Center for
This grant will also finance the
creation of a laboratory at the Center allowing for an
easier and faster detection of new cases of
tuberculosis. The process so far has been to send the
samples to Lima for analysis. This can take several
weeks. With the new lab precious time will be gained.
As mentioned above, the duration of
the program will be six months, and its cost is USD
7,000.00 (seven thousand dollars).