In Peru, more than 14 million people lack access to health care. A lack of other basic necessities, such as clean water and proper sanitation, exacerbate this problem by causing illnesses that are difficult to treat. Typhoid fever, hepatitis A, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, and leptospirosis are all commonly contracted diseases.
This summer, the Nourish chapters at Ohio State University and Yale University teamed up with nonprofit MOCHE, Inc., to address health care access in Peru. The two project teams traveled to the Moche Valley to construct a health clinic that will provide subsidized and free services to 10,000 poor Peruvians. The clinic will be run by the local community, making it sustainable. Additionally, the project teams hosted health fairs to educate the local people about maternal health, hygiene, and nutrition.
MOCHE, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the standard of living in impoverished communities, preserving archaeological sites, and promoting research and education on the rich cultural heritage of Peru. To do this, MOCHE forms partnerships with poor Peruvian communities. In exchange for education programs and funding for development projects, the communities agree to protect specific local archaeological sites.
The two project teams have returned from Peru after successfully completing their projects. This was OSU’s second summer working with MOCHE and Yale’s first.