A medical outing to the village of Poltocsa
Early on Saturday just after 4a.m. morning 52 Diospi-Suyana-staff woke up. An hour later after packing the cars and praying together they started on their 210km journey through the Peruvian mountain world. With bad weather conditions one needs 4.5 hours to get to Poltocsa.
Just before we arrived the continuous rain thankfully stopped. Four classrooms of the local primary school had been prepared for the stream of patients who could book gynaecological, paediatric, inner-medical or dental appointments. Despite our narrow time-frame our doctors and nurses treated well over 200 patients.
A team headed by Christian von Rensen and Tibor Minge had prepared a Muppet-Show for the children. It was so well received that it was performed a second time later in the afternoon!
Dra. Ana Delgado celebrated her birthday, though sadly without the expected musical wishes. She cut her cake at lunchtime which released energy and determination in the tired helpers. It goes without saying that our voluntary welfare workers for one year took care of the children: many games were played and lots of laughter was heard.
Upon arriving back late at night in Curahuasi having driven through fog and rain all staff felt in their bones what they had done that day.
Everyone who took part in the day will remember the villagers’ thanks and a string of small, special experiences.