The Ayacucho Mission is an annual health campaign serving the community of Ayacucho, Peru high in the Andes Mountains.
Every year, our team of volunteers travels to Peru for a two-week campaign, delivering free medical, surgical, mental health and preventive care to thousands of impoverished, indigenous persons in Ayacucho City and in mobile clinics traveling to surrounding villages.
We collaborate with local health care providers and nonprofit organizations, and provide monetary support and expertise to maintain numerous year-round projects and services in this community and in other places with great need.
Finally, the Ayacucho Mission creates opportunities for health professionals, students and other volunteers experience the transformative influence of international service and collaboration with the goal to foster an enduring spirit of altruism and engagement in our volunteers.
What Volunteers Do
What exactly do physicians, nurses, pharmacists, translators and other volunteers do on the Ayacucho Mission to make a difference?
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January 1 - Volunteer Applications become available
March 31 - Volunteer Applications due
April 15 - Volunteer Selections announced
June 5 - Outreach Team arrives in Ayacucho
June 8 - Surgical + Nursing Team arrives in Ayacucho
June 14 - Ayacucho Mission ends
Daily mission Activities
Mobile Rural Outreach Clinic
Mental Health Clinic
Surgical Care at Ayacucho Regional Hospital
Oral Health Campaign
Plastic Surgery and Cleft Palate Campaign
Wasi Esparanza Children's Rehabilitation Center
Puericulturio Andres Vivanco Amorin Orphanage
Ayacucho is located in the central Andean Mountains of Peru, an area known for its extremely impoverished indigenous peasant population and the birthplace of the guerrilla group “Shining Path”. Ayacucho, then, became the battleground for one of the fiercest guerrilla wars in the history of mankind. This forced the displacement of thousands of peasants, from their homes and places of origin, to seek refuge in cities and settled in areas where no infrastructure was readily available to receive the massive migration. Those who remained in Ayacucho were subjected to merciless killings by the guerrillas and to fierce retaliation by the army. Thus, thousands of peasant lives were lost and thousands of survivors were left permanently disabled. Furthermore, an entire generation of orphan children emerged from this civil struggle. The beneficiaries of our Mission are these survivors and recent generations, whose strong commitment and hard work join our efforts to provide safe, evidence based, humanistic and culturally sensitive medical care.
The Leadership Team
Cesar Aranguri, MD
Loretta Rihbany, RN
Director of Nursing Services
John Billimek, PhD
Director of Volunteer Services
Cindy Beisser, MD
Director of Pathology
James Phillips, MD
Director of Mental Health Services
Faisal Khan, MD
Although the joint participation of the Regional Ayacucho Hospital provides the Mission with physicians, supporting staff and facilities, the impoverished hospital’s supplies and equipments are very limited. Without the Mission, patients in the region are held accountable for providing themselves with the cost of medicine, syringes, sterile gloves, sutures, and any other needed supplies, and many have virtually no access to health care
Our Mission accomplishes the following: a) provides medical care to an impoverished population; b) provides equipment, materials, and supplies to improve the medical system; c) provides psychiatric evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation to the mentally ill population; d) provides state of the art medical management to specific high risk patients as diabetics; e) provides assistance to local orphanage; f) provides dental services (a joint participation with the Peruvian American Dental Association (PADA); g) shares knowledge and organizational skills to allow the transition to a self-supporting regional hospital; h) fosters growing appreciation of the kindheartedness of our international volunteers; and i) fosters love and respect for Peru and Peruvians.
Given that running our annual Mission represents steep operating costs, we are looking for donors that can provide us with monetary or medical donations that will help cover these costs. Donations are deposited in our Endowment Fund and are tax deductible. We gratefully acknowledge every donation, for your gifts are multiplied by the investment of valuable talent and hard work of hundreds of volunteers over the years. On behalf of the volunteers of the Mission to Ayacucho, we kindly value any inquiries, questions, and/or desire to volunteer in our Mission, which are greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information.