On October 17, a team of 13 medical professionals and members of Project C.U.R.E.’s volunteer network traveled from the United States to Peru to provide free medical care to residents of Cajamarca and to deliver much-needed medicine to health facilities in the region. The five-day medical campaign was part of Newmont’s ongoing partnership with Project C.U.R.E., in close coordination with our Yanacocha operation and the Regional Health Bureau in Cajamarca.
Started in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. is the largest global provider of donated medical supplies to developing countries around the world. “We travel to countries around the world to bring necessary medical services and equipment to communities where professional care is limited,” said Amanda Galant, Project C.U.R.E.’s team lead for the trip to Cajamarca.
With logistical support from Yanacocha, Project C.U.R.E. physicians, paramedics, nurses and assistants visited health facilities in Huambocancha Baja and the village of Combayo, Atahualpa (in the city of Cajamarca) and Otuzco – areas where medical assistance is limited. In total, the team saw more than 1,300 patients during the trip.
Nurses, doctors and volunteers worked together to serve patients in a fluid process of patient intake, triage, doctor examination and pharmacy. Nurses in triage took vital signs, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and glucose levels. From there, another nurse would address the patient’s medial concerns and perform additional physical examinations as needed. Depending on patient needs, nurses could prescribe over-the-counter medicines or direct the patient to see the doctor for further review and treatment. Project C.U.R.E. brought its own traveling pharmacy and provided free medications for patients to fill prescriptions through the C.U.R.E. Clinic.
José Rodríguez Basilio, Head of the Huambocancha Baja health micro-network, said that the clinics were a big help to the community. “With help from this campaign, we are able to care for the health of lower-income residents who don’t always have access to professional medical services.”
Javier Velarde, Vice President, General Manager & Corporate Affairs at Yanacocha, said that the success of the medical campaign is the result of the joint efforts of Newmont, Yanacocha, Project C.U.R.E. and public institutions: “I must thank the Regional Government of Cajamarca, through the Regional Health Bureau, the Medical Association and the Association of Nurses of Cajamarca, and the health micro-networks, which have opened up their facilities so that these clinics could be carried out in the best way. We are all committed to the health of Cajamarca, which is demonstrated by this joint effort.”