Being back in Iquitos is one of those surreal moments. The city feels so familiar, the struggles are evident, and the people truly need healthcare.
Excitement and anticipation had been bubbling all day and this afternoon over 60 medical students, residents, physicians, translators, and volunteers arrived at the old military building to set up clinic for the entire week. We made it through the doors with hundreds of pounds of medications, lab equipment, and research materials; within minutes set up began.
We are providing healthcare in the following specialties: internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, podiatry, dermatology, dentistry, otolaryngology, and pediatrics. A laboratory, X-ray room, and pharmacy were also set up to provide us more data and the ability to further diagnose and assist our patients.
Comradery was at an all time high and set up went incredibly smoothly. You wouldn’t think filling an entire room with medications would be fun, but we had a blast. The real excitement will be when that room filled with thousands of dollars of medications is empty and into the hands of the people that need it most.