Volunteers In Medical Missions

Peru Huraz in the High Andes

Cost: $2,325 ***TRIP FULL***

Leader: Dr. Dave Sealy

After a medicine packing evening get together in Greenwood approximately two weeks prior to departure, the team will depart Atlanta and fly nonstop into Lima on the evening of July 9th, Sunday, arriving around 11:30PM. The team will then board a two story bus and travel overnight to the town of Huaraz in the High Andes. This is an eight hour drive. Team members may want to take a sleep aid to get some rest for this long bus ride. The first day in Huaraz will be spent getting adjusted to the high altitude, packing medicines and seeing the sights of Huaraz (Swiss Alps of Peru). The clinics will begin the following day on Tuesday. We anticipate using four or five clinic sites and having 5 days of clinics. This trip will also have an evangelistic component and will be bringing a small group of members from a local church in Lima to work as counselors for those treated at the clinic site. The purpose of the outreach is two fold: we will display mercy through the use of medicine and work with the local pastors to see various mission works established and/or strengthened in nearby Quechua villages.

Note: Yungay will be remembered as the town that was wiped away by a landslide. At the time of the earthquake in 1970 a huge piece of ice broke off the top of the Huascaran and caused a massive landslide which killed thousands of people and completely destroyed the beautiful adobe town. The new Yungay was constructed with international aid at a safer location just above the original site. The team will be travelling and staying at an altitude of approximately 10,500 ft. Some team members may experience altitude sickness although this is generally mild. Older team members should be cautious due to heart problems associated with the high altitude. We anticipate seeing approximately 300 persons per day with many disorders. Minor surgeries, injections for arthritis of all joints and routine acute medical care will be rendered. One new church has been founded through this work and a second is in the process of starting. The work of a couple of itinerant Peruvian pastors is also supported. We have a clean facility in which to work and a very comfortable hotel in which to stay. The location is spectacularly beautiful and the climate very temperate (40-70 deg)

The team will leave for Lima on Monday the 17th and will have time for purchasing souvenirs and sightseeing. The return flight will depart on Tuesday July 18th around 12:45 AM and should arrive in Atlanta around 8:30 AM. This will be Dr. Dave Sealy's 12th trip to Peru as the team leader. He has participated in 25 VIMM trips since 1991. Dr. Sealy is the Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship at Self Regional Healthcare Family Practice Residency in Greenwood, South Carolina; Full Professor at MUSC, AHEC; and Head Team Physician at Lander University. He has been married to Ann for 34 years and has six really great kids. **Note: all medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport, medical license, CV or resume, and diplomas to the VIMM office approximately three months prior to the trip. This will enable us to have Peruvian medical recognition and licenses. Non medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport.


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