A clinic serving some of the poorest people in Lima, the capital of Peru, has received vital new equipment, thanks in part to money raised by Taunton Vale Rotarians.
Much of the diagnostic equipment in the San Jose Obrero de los Padre Oblatos Polyclinic was 15 to 20 years old and had reached the end of its useful life. While there is state funding for health in Peru, there is little money for purchasing new equipment. When things like Xray machines breakdown it can be months or years before they are replaced.
Health clinics like this one are under extra pressure due to the arrival in recent years of 1.3 million refugees from Venezuela and the incidence of COVID 19.
In 2020, one of the local Rotary Clubs started raising funds to help the Clinic and the people it serves. They reached out to Rotarian friends in the U.S. and Europe and together we’ve raised money to replace or refurbish several vital items including the digital microscope, paid for mainly by money sent from Somerset.