Programs

MedLend Medical Missions

Peru

MedLend surgical missions to Peru are extra-special since the very first independent medical mission MedLend organized took place at Lima in 2006. Since then, MedLend has returned to Peru three times, performing surgical missions to Ica, and Huancavelica (which is in the Andean mountains, between Huanuco and Huancayo). Additionally, 2 medical student volunteers from Peru helped form the MedLend student exchange program, a tradition we hope to carry on for generations.

Peru definitely needs our services. According to a 2009 report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the “mortality from malignant neoplasms [tumors] did not change significantly between 1987 and 1997, but the proportion of deaths from cancer increased from 9.0% to 14.2%, and the potential years of life lost from tumors increased 33.4%, indicating more premature death. In the mortality profile for women the leading sites of malignant tumors are the uterus, stomach, and other digestive organs.”

MedLend aims to help decrease the tumor-related mortality rate of females in Peru. Between 2006 and 2009, MedLend has performed 4 medical missions to different regions there, helping to remove an estimated 240 tumors from female reproductive systems in that country alone.

We hope that by sharing our success, you may be inspired to contribute to it. Thank you.