Community health fairs are an increasingly important element of our program. One that makes a positive impact on local communities and enables program participants to put their developing medical Spanish skills into practice.
We have increased the frequency of the health fairs from just one every few months, when we began, several years ago, to several times per month, today. In the future we intend to further complement this with a static primary health service in one low income area.
The fairs are just one part of our commitment to local communities. Every week day our NGO, Abuela’s Kitchen provides free meals to elderly persons living in poverty in the La Esperanza district of Trujillo. We welcome student visits to Abuela’s kitchen to see our work there.
Several times a year we also work in partnership with visiting surgical teams from the US and Canada running providing free surgeries for people with limited resources. For program participants interested in surgery, the surgical missions are a fantastic opportunity to get involved in an intensive and special experience.
Typically a visiting surgical team of 20 to 25 professionals will carry out over 50 operations over 4 or 5 days. Our next visiting mission is in May 2018 when we will again be seeing our colleagues from www.ishiglobal.org