Amazon Hope Medical Programme (Peru) Peru
The Vine Trust is an international volunteering charity which seeks to enable volunteers to make a real and significant difference to some of the poorest communities in the world. The Trust runs the Amazon Hope Medical and Dental Programme which uses medical ship expeditions to deliver ‘floating healthcare’ to remote communities along tributaries of the Amazon River. All the locations visited are inaccessible by road and this is the only opportunity people living here have to be seen by a medical team. The Vine Trust medical teams consist of volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and students from the UK and abroad who join the Peruvian staff on board. Applications are through the Vine Trust in the UK.
The programme has been running since 2002 and has now established itself amongst many of the villages and tribes along the Amazon. The Amazon Hope ship provides essential care to remote communities and the boats are universally welcomed wherever they dock. The programme serves over 100,000 people annually and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.
Each ship has on-board treatment rooms, an operating theatre, dental surgery and pharmacy with a large deck that supports a “waiting and documentation area”. The ship delivers a primary healthcare service that is seen as vital in these areas to maintain a good standard of health among the local population. Those who use the service often have little or no access to basic healthcare which results in high mortality and morbidity that often includes easily treatable diseases.
The Vine Trust does not offer formal electives as they are usually described but does offer a more general two or four week ‘medical experience’, providing the chance to serve as part of the medical team on Amazon Hope in providing primary healthcare clinics to the tribal communities on the Amazon.
To find out more about medical expeditions and applying, please visit the webpage here: http://www.vinetrust.org/volunteer/Amazon-Hope
Note: The Vine Trust also runs the Jubilee Hope Medical and Dental Programme which operates on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. For more information, visit: http://www.vinetrust.org/volunteer/Jubilee-Hope
|Provided by the hospital:||Yes|
|Setting:||On the boat|
|Cost||GBP850.00 / other|
Teaching offered for medicine
Informal tuition is available from volunteer medics on board.
Research opportunites for medicine
There is currently no opportunity to conduct research on this elective experience.
Case studies from Amazon Hope Medical Programme (Peru)
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Electives with a difference
The Amazon Hope Medical Boat is an unusual choice that enables students to get involved with frontline medical care in remote villages along the Peruvian Amazon. It offers a wildly different view on medical practice and makes a real difference to the communities visited. It is not an elective as such but a two week experience that might form part of an elective.
|Name||c/o Vine Trust|
|Contact role||Regional Development Co-ordinator|
|Tel||+44 (0)1442 823 498|
PO Box 1348
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I worked alongside the other member of the team with a translator at all times as I am only a beginner in Spanish. I had full responsibility and worked alongside the other doctors and ran a clinic by myself. If patients needed minor surgery then I would be expected to do this under supervision also. I was able to prescribe (however it was in Spanish so I would always use a translator to help me). I had the most amazing experience of my life working on the boat, meeting some very interesting people along the Amazon. It was the people and the environment that made my experience so special. My elective was challenging, emotional and the most rewarding experience I have ever had throughout my medical undergraduate training. I would very much recommend my elective to anyone studying medicine, dentistry or nursing.
27 Feb 2009
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Q Hi, I have contacted the Amazon Hope Project and the Instituto de Salud del Nino over three weeks ago, but have still not received any replies. Could you please check the contact addresses are correct? (or) what is the reasonable time to wait for a response? Thanks
Asked by Frederica (studying medicine)
A Hi Frederica, I have been looking into this and have updated the contact details. If you look on the hospital profile you'll find the updated contact information. You might also want to check the website as they have updated the criteria for medics, so you may need to discuss how your elective would fit in with the general work of the boat. Thanks, Sarah.
Sarah Winstone from Electives Network over 5 years ago