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Each year, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing students take a medical mission trip to a rural village in Peru. The objective: Provide primary care to a severely underserved population.

Students who were part of the Peru medical mission trip.

Care Transcends Boundaries in Global Health Initiatives

Each February and May, students from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health travel to Andahuaylas, Peru, a small village where basic health care is either limited or not available. Interprofessional teams set up mobile primary care clinics at different sites each day (within the same district) to provide care in an extremely rural community and make a difference in the health of this severely underserved population.

Students benefit greatly from this global health opportunity, learning and serving simultaneously in a very different health care system. They return with new perspectives on health care delivery in Louisiana and greater insight into the art of compassion, which transcends boundaries. Undergraduate nursing students who have successfully completed Junior II coursework are eligible to apply to the program, and sponsorships help offset costs needed for supplies and travel.

Collecting Supplies for Fellow Nurses in Peru

Nursing Skills and Technology Center faculty worked with a local vendor to collect the following supplies for the School of Nursing at Universidad María Auxiliadora in Peru;

  • 30 blood pressure cuffs
  • 10 pen lights
  • 30 stethoscopes
  • 20 reflex hammers

The following nursing students received sponsorships from these businesses to participate in the outreach to Peru:

Kathryn Wright (undergraduate who participated in the February 2020 trip)

  • Mediterranean Shipping Company
  • Econify

Kristina Rigterink (undergraduate who is slated to participate in the May 2020 trip)

  • Law Offices of Tamara Kluger Jacobson
  • Thionville Family

Sara Lass (graduate who is slated to participate in the May 2020 trip)

  • ADEETA Corporate Staffing

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