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Live Stream for World Bank Award Ceremony

Live Stream for World Bank Award Ceremony

Tuesday April 18 at 2:30 pm EDT


To support the prevention of violence against women and girls, the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative will award 10 teams from around the world with funds to support research and innovation to help address this global epidemic. The award ceremony will be live-streamed in 3 languages – English, Spanish and Arabic.

 On Tuesday April 18th, Renzo Peña, Vice President of DB Peru will be in Washington, DC to accept the grant award of $150,000 from The World Bank Group for our Gender-Based Violence Prevention Program.  Please join him live as he represents DB Peru.

 Join the live stream on Twitter or Facebook here. The program will begin at 2:30 pm EDT on Tuesday (1:30 in Peru).

Palliative care research to begin – death and dying in the jungle

Dr Sara Warzecka will lead the Palliative Care initiative on our April jungle trip.  To begin the research, she will be surveying leaders and health workers to investigate current attitudes and practice about death and dying in jungle communities.  She is joined by medical students from the University of Warwick in England and from Denver, Colorado.  In addition, clinical exams and treatments will be offered in the villages visited.

Dr. Allie Kreiner will be following-up with women about their HPV  and Pap smear results from previous visits, performing visual inspection and cryotherapy if needed.  HPV vaccines will be available to young girls 9-13 years of age.

DB Peru Director Sharon Blackburn will be the  leader for this 2 week trip.

Grant for $150,000 from World Bank awarded for domestic violence initiative

The World Bank Group and Sexual Research Violence Initiative have announced that DB Peru and the  University College London will receive $150,000 grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP).

Author of the grant Dr. Geordan Shannon has done extensive research on gender-based violence in the area of Iquitos and the lower Napo River villages, and will be the lead researcher for this project.  Dr. Shannon, from Australia, is currently in London completing her PhD and serves as the Medical Director for DB Peru.

Renzo Pena,  Vice President of DB Peru, and Jenevieve Mannell of UCL will accept the award in Washington DC in April 2017.  The project will formally begin in November.




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.