At Centura Health, our communities’ health and wellness guide everything we do and we are providing information regarding the new coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) and hopefully address questions you may have.
After careful consideration and with great sympathy to those affected, Centura Health has decided to cancel all Global Health Initiatives (GHI) trips for the foreseeable future, due to the uncertainty of impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The decision has the most immediate impact on GHI trips to Peru (March 27-April 6), Ukraine (April 8-16) and most likely Nepal (May 6-18); however, we are constantly monitoring the situation and will provide updates as soon as they are available.
While we recognize how much the communities we visit appreciate and look forward to our services, the well-being of our people must be a top priority.
In Peru’s most isolated region, the Amazon, people face unique health care challenges. Widespread poverty; the regions remoteness; high cost and long distance of travel; and a shortage of medical workers and supplies lead to a situation where many people’s basic health care needs are unmet. The health care system that is available is very limited and expensive for the local population; most residents cannot afford to see a doctor or utilize the few clinical services that are available.
These barriers to health care mean that many people suffer from preventable and treatable health conditions; common ailments, such as a respiratory infection or diarrhea, can develop into a life threatening illness.
GHI Peru projects take place in and around Iquitos, a beyond-roads jungle capital. Here, GHI works with a local partner, Clinica Ana Stahl, to address the unique health care challenges found in the Amazon and to provide medical care to those who would otherwise go untreated.