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Tuesday August 6, 2013

California Doctors, Nurses Headed to Peru to Provide Free Care

California Doctors, Nurses Headed to Peru to Provide Free Care

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Close to 100 California medical professionals and volunteers are going on a humanitarian mission to Huacho, Peru.

“We hope to care for between 8,000 and 10,000 people” during the Aug. 8-18 exercise, Jeff Crider, spokesman for the Rancho Mirage, California-based IMAHelps, told Efe.

Among the specialists are doctors of internal medicine, pediatricians, gynecologists, dentists, physical therapists and surgeons.

According to Ines Allen, founder and president of the IMAHelps international medical alliance, this will be the group’s biggest mission so far.

“We are working closely with the Peruvian government to ensure that we have a successful medical mission,” Allen said in a press release.

Allen and a group of volunteers met in April with Peruvian Vice President Marisol Espinoza Cruz and with representatives of the Health Ministry to coordinate details of the humanitarian trip.

IMAHelps volunteers will perform medical checkups, surgical operations and general medical procedures at Huacho Hospital, some 90 minutes north of Lima.

“The local doctors are also thrilled with the idea of practicing medicine together with our IMAHelps volunteers,” said Allen, who was brought up in a poor family in Ecuador and went to the United States after her 15-year-old brother died of a heart problem that was never diagnosed.

IMAHelps has provided medical care to some 100,000 low-income people in Ecuador, Nicaragua, India and Tibet during its 13-years of medical missions.