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A new center of "influence and education" was dedicated by Centura Global Health Initiatives (GHI) and others on Wednesday, June 7. Local and regional government authorities, along with representatives of the project's strategic partners, celebrated the completion of the facility located in the Amazon basin of Peru. Castle Rock CEO Todd Folkenberg was among the delegation representing Centura at the ceremony.
The idea for a new approach to health education and prevention was conceived by GHI two years ago. Partner agreements between Centura Health, the Ministry of Health, the local government, Clinica Adventista Ana Stahl (GHI's partner hospital in Peru), and the Union University of Peru took several months to complete. Four university students in their final year of training--two in nursing, one in nutrition, and one psychology--were then selected to spend an entire academic year living in the village where the program is based. A nurse manager was employed to oversee the project and to reside with the students in the Amazon community. For the next academic year, two medical students are scheduled to join the team.
Focus areas for this first year of operations include programs designed to diminish the high rate of anemia among children five and under, and to reduce the number of teen pregnancies, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Future plans include replicating this program in other communities in the Amazon Basin using the experiences and lessons learned from this pilot project.
[Text and photo by Kim Kennedy]