Project HOPE is a humanitarian organization focusing on the improvement of global health. As the name implies, Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) has the mission to “achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need”. After the IVACG meeting this year, a few of us experienced Project HOPE’s Child Survival Project in the community of Caserio Aviacion in the San Martin province, Peru. Partnering with the Ministry of Health, the program has been improving the health of 26,500 women of childbearing age and 13,000 children under 5 since it started in 1997. Promoting a nutritious diet and encouraging exclusive breastfeeding during the infant’s first 6 months of life are two of the main objectives. Located in the upper Amazon basin, Caserio Aviacion is one of 162 rural communities the Child Survival Project has been working with since 1996. The trek to Caserio Aviacion was around one hour on a windy, bumpy dirt road high up in the mountains. Our tour guide and local Health Coordinator, Karem Delgado Coloma, explained that the road was only recently constructed and she previously walked five hours to reach the village.
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