Monday, March 25, 2013

Serving Others: McKeown Helps Lead Medical Mission Team to Peru

Associate Professor, Dr. Jason McKeown, recently returned for his third time to Cusco, Peru, to volunteer in a free medical clinic sponsored each March by the Ayllu Iglesia de Cristo.  He traveled to Cusco this year with two family physicians, two optometrists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses and other volunteers. 

The team of about 30 Americans joined Cuscquenians and the local missionaries to provide primary care services, free medications, eye exams and glasses, and physical therapy to hundreds of people in need. 

The campaign lasted from Monday through Thursday and treated nearly 1,000 patients.  They ranged in age from infants to very old.  Most spoke Spanish but many spoke the native Quechua language.  Complaints were a variety of typical primary care problems from hypertension to diabetes, infections, gastrointestinal symptoms and pain. 

You can read more about Dr. McKeown's experiences on his blog, McKeown’s Bevel, at www.bevelup.wordpress.com.


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