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Medical Mission and Research in Iquitos, Peru

Organized by: Andrew Jones

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THE STORY:

Students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine will be partnering with the Community Health Council, a non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, to provide medical care and health education to the communities of Belen and Nauta in Iquitos, Peru. In addition to this, we will be conducting research on the prevalence and causes of malnutrition and anemia in these impoverished communities.

Malnutrition is commonly seen in Peru and is frequently associated with anemia. In Nauta and Belen, Iquitos, where we will be collecting data, many of the inhabitants are of low socioeconomic status. Clean water and adequate nutrition is difficult to obtain in these communities and contributes to the prevalence of malnourishment and anemia. There are two main classifications of malnourishment: protein-energy malnutrition, which is a simple lack of all major macronutrients, or micronutrient malnutrition, which results from vitamin deficiencies.

Anemia can cause adverse health consequences for people of all ages but particularly in children, it can lead to stunting of growth and development. Our study will involve both adult and child participants however, the focus of our study will be to examine the prevalence and causes of anemia in children in urban and rural environments. The data we will collect about their diets will help to determine whether a lack of caloric intake or a vitamin deficiency is the primary cause of their anemia. As this is a preventable disease with severe consequences in children, we hope to identify the specific lifestyle related causes of malnutrition-related anemia in these regions.

$400

 

16% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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  • grand pa

    $100

  • Tim, Caroline, Ty & Spencer

    $50

  • Ray Charfauros

    $50

  • Steve Wonser

    $100

  • Maria Reynoso

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Donor Comments

Maria Reynoso

Maria Reynoso

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Steve Wonser

Steve Wonser

DONATION: $100

In loving memory of my Mom. 2 years ago

Ray Charfauros

Ray Charfauros

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Tim, Caroline, Ty & Spencer

Tim, Caroline, Ty & Spencer

DONATION: $50

Such a wonderful experience you will gain from this opportunity!! 2 years ago

grand pa

grand pa

DONATION: $100

in memory of grand ma 2 years ago

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