Tetanus vaccine for young and old

People living along the rivers are at especially high risk for tetanus, working with machetes and rusty and dirty equipment, etc.  Thanks to our sponsor Eske Corporation of Lima, Peru, and a donation of tetanus vaccine, we were able to vaccinate 300 people during our March trip, young and old alike, everyone cheering each other on to grin and bear it.

Records were kept for the Peruvian Minister of Health statistics.

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New wheelchair brings dignity

DIGNITY: We found this young man crawling on the ground to get around. By his demeanor and actions, he appeared to be retarded. When dentist Jeff lifted him into a wheelchair, he was transformed into a dignified person, holding himself erect and smiling radiantly. We had transported the wheelchair for a young boy in another village, but before we could deliver it, we found this young man. After a brief discussion, we decided to give it to him and buy another chair later for the young boy.  It was a very powerful moment for us all.

The wheelchair was a private donation from Donna DeAngelis, with Sara Warzecka buying the second chair.

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Grant monies impact multiple programs

Monies from grants can have have multiple impact on our programs.  Due to grant monies, we have acquired a generator has made it possible for us to power the dental machines to clean and restore teeth;  to power the projector to use in  all of our educational classes; and to power our cryotherapy unit to treat cervical cancer.

We wish to thank the recent organizations who have chosen DB Peru to receive their grants:

  •  Dining for Women
  • the United States Embassy Association of Lima, Peru
  • St. Isidore’s Catholic Church of MI

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Midwives learn to help newborn babies

In March the Denver School of Nursing senior nursing students participated in the midwife class, training them on essential skills for caring for healthy babies and assisting babies who do not breathe on their own.   Each midwife practiced the techniques on a doll mannequin donated by nursing facilitator Sue Hammerton.  This class was developed by Dr. Jessica Landry.

In addition they taught a class for midwives to teach first-time mothers about the labor, delivery and birth experience.  This class was developed by medical student Lauren Oberle.

These 2 topics had previously been identified by the midwives as the most important learning needs they had.

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5 new scholarship students starting classes

Welcome to our five new scholarship students starting their 4-year programs in April:
Vanessa Manuyama Pacaya – Laboratory
Jessica Pacaya Arevalo – Nursing
Nancy Rengifo Rengifo – Nursing
Yesenia Garcia Dahua – Laboratory
Anderson Angulo Chavez – Pharmacy
The Norma Louise Stainsby Memorial Scholarship Fund is in its 8th year of providing funding for careers in health-related fields for young people from the Napo River villages.


Scholarship student Leslie Petit graduated

We are pleased to announce the graduation of another of our scholarship students. Leslie Zendy Petit has completed her 4-year studies to become a professional clinical laboratory technician. We are proud of Leslie and her achievements. Many volunteers will remember Leslie’s dad, the ever helpful and cheerful Circo, who operates our boat and helps us in a million little ways on all of our trips. We will soon have five more scholarship students beginning their studies in April.

Volunteers from around the world participated in ABCS project

In October the clinical phase of the ABCS Women’s Project got underway with volunteers from 8 countries from around the world.  Medical Director Dr. Geordan Shannon and the group visited 6 villages by boat, consulted with 129 women, did 72 gynaecological exams, performed 69 pap smears, performed HPV self-sampling on 66 women, and performed cryotherapy on 21 women who had abnormal changes on their cervix.   Followup on these women and visits to additional villages will be done in 2016 and 2017.

Earlier in July Dr. Shannon conducted the educational phase of the ABCS project.  Over 10 days classes were held about cervical cancer and HPV.  Special educational booklets were developed as one of the resources for the women in the region, marking the first time materials have been produced reflecting the life and look of the people in the jungle.  By adapting materials to depict the way of in the jungle communities we believe it will pave the way for better understanding in the classes.