About Peru

  • Since the beginning of the millennium high growth turned the Pacific state into an emerging market. This progress was abruptly halted by the
    COVID-19 pandemic. Poverty is on the rise again. An estimated one in four of the 32 million inhabitants is affected.
  • Covering a survace of 1,285,220 km², Peru is not much larger than its neighbour Bolivia, but still over 31 times larger than Switzerland. Topographically, Peru consists of a narrow coastal strip on the Pacific Ocean, the highlands of the Andes, and the eastern Amazon lowlands, which cover more than half of the national territory.
  • In remote highland villages (average altitude 3,600 m.a.s.l), small farmers live in harsh conditions and predominantly in poverty. The mostly indigenous families are self-supporting, but often cannot secure their livelihoods.
  • Many children suffer from anemia, parasites and tooth decay – with devastating consequences for their development. In the remote villages access to quality education is still a privilege.
  • The lack of environmental measures such as waste separation and recycling, as well as climate change, endanger the habitat of the Andean people.
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Merely 1.3 physicians per 1,000 people and much fewer in rural areas
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More than 13% of Peruvian children under 5 suffer from chronical malnutrition
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Over 20% of the Peruvian population lived below the poverty line before the pandemic

Suyana in Peru

  • We started working in Peru in 2010 and our Programme Healthy Municipality has been running since 2011. In 2020, our integral programme was replaced by an emergency plan due to the pandemic.
  • Most of the areas where we work are at around 3,500 m.a.s.l., which means that the land is arid and the climate is harsh.
  • There is no regular public transport service to the communities and basic health services are scarce. Peru is one of the most developed countries in Latin America; however, people in the rural areas live in extreme poverty.
  • From 2021-2023, we will be working in the departments of Cusco, Apurimac and Puno, in the poorest communities of the following municipalities: Accha, Omacha, Huanoquite, Curahuasi, Pacobamba, Nuñoa and Santa Rosa.
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  • Our 7 operational teams consist of two medical professionals, a medical assistant and an agronomist who live and work in the communities. All team members are Peruvian and speak the local language.
  • Our 7 mobile units equipped with a dental surgery are 4×4 vehicles and can travel travel on the worst road conditions.
  • Our activities follow our Programme Healthy Municipality three-year plan, promote healthy living and have an impact on what the people we work with think and do.
  • We encourage children, their families and schools to take the initiative.
  • We cooperate with the beneficiaries and authorities – ministries, local, regional and governmental institutions, and local leaders.

Our Focus in Peru

Health

  • Thanks to our teams, locals have access to basic medical and dental care and can visit a doctor and a dentist at least once a year. The latter is important as 95% of the rural population have cavities.
  • Our prevention work includes raising families’, teachers’ and students’ awareness of how to look after their health. As a result, they practice healthy habits which helps to reach goals such as “zero cavities” and reduce child malnourishment.
  • The public healthcare system is strengthened through training sessions and equipment, and more patients can be seen, and are always treated with dignity and respect. Supporting public health entities is crucial as only a few have a dental surgery.

Education

  • In cooperation with local authorities, parents, teachers and children, we upgrade school infrastructure: kitchen and school dining areas, toilets and wash corners, to improve the quality of education and nutrition.
  • All too often the school meal is the only healthy meal children eat each day so we help schools to improve nutrition by setting up greenhouses and/or raising poultry or other small animals.
  • We organise vocational training courses for secondary school students to boost their skills and capacities. This gives young people better prospects for the future and reduces migration to urban areas.
  • All educational materials used are developed by us and support theoretical and practical training.

Livelihood

  • We encourage and coach families to create healthy homes.
  • We provide technical support at each step of the production chain: improve livestock, diversify agricultural production, process and sell products. The families and cooperatives learn what they can do to improve their income sustainably.
  • We train family members to become auxiliary vets and agricultural experts.
  • We hold training sessions and communities do clean-up campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the environment and conserving non-renewable resources.
  • To ensure sustainable access to water we support setting up government-accredited water committees.

Partners Peru

We work side-by-side with the municipal governments, regional, local and community authorities, public schools and health facilities as well as families to implement our Programme Healthy Municipality

AGRORURAL (Partner in Livelihood)
INIA
(Partner in Livelihood)
Dirección Regional de Educación Apurímac
(Partner in Education)
Gerencia Regional de Educación Cusco (Partner in Education)
Dirección Regional de Educación Puno (Partner in Education)
Dirección Regional de Salud Apurímac
(Partner in Medicine)
Gerencia Regional de Salud Cusco (Partner in Medicine)
Dirección Regional de Salud Puno (Partner in Medicine)
Gerencia Regional de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo - Cusco
Municipalidad Provincial del Cusco

Areas of Intervention

Accha
Curahuasi
Huanoquite
Nuñoa
Omacha
Pacobamba
Santa Rosa
Canas
Ccapi
Checca
Ocongate
Ollachea
Paruro
Pitumarca
Yanaoca

Projects Peru

Together we make it happen

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