DB Peru’s

First Visit – 2002



DB Peru conducted needs assessment in 6 jungle villages on Napo River



Began delivery of medicines and supplies on first and subsequent trips, expanding to 28 villages



with a population of 6,000 people


Received formal 501c3 Status in USA and ONG status in Peru.

Began delivery of medical treatment in temporary clinics in jungle villages.


Began annual classes for midwife and local health workers taught by local physicians, educating to date more than 300 people to provide primary health care and safe delivery of babies

Midwife Classes

Health Worker Classes


Installed of first two radios and solar panels in jungle villages – currently oversee maintenance of 8 radio systems.

Began annual Chocolotada Christmas parties.

Radios & Solar Panels


Formed Board of Directors in USA.

Delivered major shipment of equipment for government clinic in Mazan. Continue to supply equipment to 4 clinics in the area.

Launched three new programs to provide reading glasses, stretchers, and dental care.


Amazon Women’s Sewing Project

Instituted Amazon Women’s Sewing Project with first delivery of 20 sewing machines to Orellana, with later delivery of 6 specialty machines and supplies.

Initiated Automotive Program for Ciudad de los Niño’s in Lima to teach orphaned boys new skills.

Launched Norma Louise Stainsby Memorial Scholarship Fund

Provided medical supplies and humanitarian aid after earthquake in Ica/Chincha and in Haiti.

Launched Norma Louise Stainsby Memorial Scholarship Fund to educate young people from the jungle in health careers.

Began Shoes Program with first delivery providing more than 600 pairs of shoes to people in the jungle, with later delivery of 1000 pairs.


Sewing Machines

and 6 Specialty Machines


Pairs of Shoes

1st Delivery


Pairs of Shoes

2nd Delivery


Began Internship Program with Emilie Fay from University of Rochelle, France.

Developed DB Peru Code of Ethics.


Began two year contract with Consortium Lot 8 Health Global Framework, Rome, Italy.

Launched Copa DB Peru, a health fair and soccer tournament for 23 jungle villages – to date more than 3000 attendees have been educated on 30 public health education classes, such as first aid, back safety, snake bites, and safe water.

Started second intern with Robyn Flemming from Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy.


Performed rapid response to Haiti earthquake.

Completed construction of school at Caritas Felices, a home for sexually abused girls located in Pachacamac, Lima.


Launched a sustainable program for access to medicines in villages with Minister of Health.

Initiated Women’s Project to offer screening and education for breast and cervical cancer for women.

Formed Lima Community Advisory Board.

Performed first annual dental clinic in the villages, with more than 600 extractions, fillings and prophylaxis done.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings

1st Annual Dental Clinic


Celebrated 10th Anniversary of improving healthcare knowledge and conditions for people living in Peru, as accomplished through working with more than 100 medical and graduate student volunteers from universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, University of Colorado, and more than 500 volunteers from around the world.


Facebook initiated – DBPERU ORG.

Research study began on Women’s knowledge and perceptions of cervical cancer.


Received grant from Asociacion de Conyuges Diplomaticos Acreditados en Peru for dental chair.

Received resolution from SUNAT on Nov 20 to issue certificates of donation.


Signed Contract with the Denver School of Nursing to provide clinical rotations for senior nursing students.

Medical Director Geordan Shannon represented DB Peru by speaking at the EUROGIN International conference on cervical cancer in Sevilla, Spain in February.

Dr. Shannon also spoke at the National Institutes of Health International Conference on Cancer Screening Network in Rotterdam, Holland in June.

ABCS Women’s Project initiated - Amazon Community Based Participation Cervical Cancer Screen and Treatments.

Grant received from Dining for Women $50,000 – Women’s Health.

Grant received from United States Embassy Association of Lima, Peru – Women’s Health.

Grant received from St. Isidore’s Catholic Church – Care of the Newborn.

Volunteer Laura Frost published an article in ARUP magazine featuring DB Peru and climate change.

Diana Bowie was interviewed by the Guardian with publication in April.

APCI registration up-to-date - Agencia Peruano Cooperacion Internacional.

Initiated program for teaching first time mothers about the birth process.

Initiated program for midwives about helping newborn babies to breathe.


Signed “convenio”, a contract with the Minister of Health of Peru outlining our program work, our responsibilities, and their agreement and responsibilities to support our mission.

Signed a letter of agreement with SIS, the Peruvian government insurance for the disadvantaged outlining DB Peru’s role in the transport of specimens and results to and from Lima.

Began project on Gender Based Violence program.

Received grant from the American Women’s Literary Club for sponsorship of one student in scholarship program.


Received grant from World Bank with University College of London for $150,000 for Gender-based Violence.

Received grant from the American Women’s Literary Club for sponsorship of one student in scholarship program.

Published article by Medical Director Dr. Geordan Shannon and co-authored by Diana Bowie, Somos Iquales? in Journal of Global Health Action.

Initiated program on Palliative Care in the jungle remote settings with Dr. Sara Warzecka.

Yale graduate Paul Holden has 10-month internship.


DB Peru partnered with the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational and Technical School in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey for the project Developing Global Awareness on Health Issues in Indigenous Regions of Latin America.  The project received an award from the Committee of Teaching About the United Nations Conference (CTAUN) entitled “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children” at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Diana Bowie was guest speaker at the International Conference of Dining for Women, Knowledge is Power, in Washington DC May 4-5, 2018.  The topic was The Delivery of Services at the Last Mile; Challenges and Opportunities.  

DB Peru has published a health education booklet, Enfermidades y Tratamientos más comunes in el Bajo Napo, specifically for the people in the lower Napo River villages.  

Diana Bowie participated in a report with Devex as they teamed up with the Toyota Mobility Foundation to join important work around mobility with the international development community across the economic development, health, education, agriculture and transportation sectors.