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We are excited to announce that we have safely arrived in Peru!

Today (Sunday) was the group’s first trip to our clinic, which is located in a hospital in the town of Calca, Peru. We were warmly greeted by Dr. Morales, a Peruvian physician who has helped us plan and prepare for this trip, gave us a brief presentation on the status of health in Peru, outlining and describing the health disparities and obstacles they face in both the populated and rural communities of Peru.
After the presentation, the team prepared for our week in clinic by unpacking medical and surgical equipment as well as pre-screening select patients for cataract surgery, who came three hours by bus from a remote village called Quiquijana. The clinic swung into full force as everyone assisted with visual acuity tests, various optometry exams, and screening patients for ophthalmic surgery. We already have our first patients lined up for surgery tomorrow!
Tomorrow is the first official day of clinic and we are so excited! Our team has been working tirelessly to set up both the ophthalmology as well as medical clinic and we are ready to give the gift of health to the people of Peru!