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Sisters of Bon Secours Plays Active Role in Bringing Healthcare to Regions of Peru
Date:4/3/2010

illnesses in Trujillo, Peru. These infections are caused by general contamination in their urban communities. Among the other detriments to the lifestyle in these Peruvian communities were lack of potable water supplies, a shortage of latrines and other common hygienic facilities, and electric shock due to illegal wiring bringing electricity to the regions.

The Sisters of Bon Secours and their healthcare partners visited three of the individual families who were participating in the study, attempting to learn more about the families and their greatest needs and shortcomings when providing basic needs for their children. This one-on-one approach unearthed a host of other factors that have been contributing to the decline in child health. Among the newly discovered factors were a lack of access to vitamin supplements, medicine, and low attention to crop developments which has contributed to malnutrition.

With many of their members involved directly in nursing vocations the Sisters of Bon Secours were able to develop a plan of action, in collaboration with their health partners, geared towards improving the medical landscape of the region. The United Against Infant Mortality partners are exploring mobile medical brigades to help bridge both the literal and proverbial gap between healthcare services and the local communities. Actions will also focus on educating expecting mothers about possible newborn illnesses, proper breastfeeding methods and newborn care.

About the Sisters of Bon Secours: The catholic sisters have long since had a heart for providing medical and social services to underprivileged communities since their inception in 1824. With ministries focused on nursing, medical and human services vocations, the Sisters of Bon Secours are equipped to spread wellness and God’s lov
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