health in the city
Most of Arequipa’s over 1 million citizens have access to some form of public heath care. It’s a system that’s living on the edge, doing the bare minimum to care for patients. Conditions are crowded and resources scarce. Doctors don’t have time for education and prevention, and there’s very little follow-up.
diabetes is on the rise
Poor nutrition and the reality of lifestyle in the city have led to a sharp increase in diabetes. The state of the health care system causes most diabetic patients to fall through the cracks. We partner with a public hospital to carry out a diabetes prevention and screening program, as well as care and education for diabetic patients.
The situation is urgent
Here’s an example: a diabetic patient we see on a monthly basis came in. This patient takes insulin twice a day, but had just run out. He went to the main regional hospital (the only public hospital that stocks insulin) and was given an appointment to see about getting more insulin—at a date three months in the future! This is the story of one diabetic in a city with tens of thousands suffering from the disease.
It’s more complicated than just access to insulin. It has to do with a healthier lifestyle—better nutrition, more exercise, and community support. We act as a catalyst for these goals, bridging the gap between individuals and the resources that they need to survive and to thrive.