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.
28 volunteers from around the world participated in our September jungle trip dedicated to cervical cancer and HPV. Women came from 8 villages to learn more about the disease. 73 women had pelvic examinations with collection of specimens for pap smear and HPV, including some who needed treatment with cryotherapy.
In addition a medical clinic was conducted for all adults and children. Games kept the children occupied while formal education was given.