We are considering with the Mining Company some changes of the transportation schedule. Since most volunteers are arriving to Lima the day prior to schedule departure or around mid day of the 12th. It is being considered to part in early afternoon instead of midnight. Because it is snowing in the high altitude pass towards Huancavelica and we believe it would safer to do it in this manner. For the few of the group (about 3 people) who arrive around midnight we are considering to have you rest and sleep a few hours in the airport hotel, and then start traveling at 6 am in a smaller vehicle to catch up with the larger bus in Huancavelica.
This year we are expecting 1200-1500 patients. They will be brought by local Governor from all corners of the Huancavelica "State" being most of them totally indigent. We will bring a few who cannot travel to other referential Hospitals who do not offer the specialty care. Even more restricted, there may be a few patients from far away areas in the neighboring states, which converge in Huancavelica for geographical reasons such as the absence of roads and other reasons.
Our two shipments with medications and medical supplies are already in Peru for two weeks in the process of clearing customs.
As we are just a little closer to our departure, if you have not yet given us your flight data, please do so today. We will not be responsible for your transportation if you get stranded for lack of that information.
We received the assistance of the William Clinton Foundation for at least some estimated 50 cataract surgeries to patients with loss of eyesight for such reason. Additionally, our volunteer Eye Doctor, Aisha Simjee will treat other surgical pathologies within that field with the logistic support of See International from Santa Barbara, California.
Our two shipments with supplies and equipment have already arrived to Peru and our supporters and partners at Cia. de Minas Buenaventura plus the Office for International Cooperation from the Ministry of Health are working in the release from Customs.
There was an abundant snow in the road to our destination. As a part of the Global weather changes, snow had practically disappeared in the last three years. It is unseasonal to find rain or snow in these months. It also makes for colder nights and beautiful sights. Just in case it is not a bad idea to bring a light sleep sack as those we use when camping to use in the cold-not warmed rooms of the hotel.
The link below is the webpage to the city of Huancavelica.
We specifically request to ladies and also extend this request to men, to start taking a daily dose of Iron supplements (This applies to those who have not started to take their iron supplements yet). Females, preferably daily, males may start every other day. Some mild constipation may be present and your stool get dark that is because of the absorption of the iron is not total and some of it goes to waste. The absorbed iron will increase your content of Hemoglobin in your blood, the oxygen carrier. Thus, when we arrive to Huancavelica at almost 12,000 feet above sea level, you may have better capacity to live and work with better oxygenation in your body. If you do not follow this advice-not specified in the CDC guidelines- you will suffer more headache, shortness of breath, fatigue than you may be able to tolerate. Follow the indications of your doctor in this regard as well. Also, unless you are planning to go to the amazon jungle you do not need to take Typhoid nor Yellow Fever. However, you need Hepatitis A & B.
For more information please visit CDC