Lamay Clinic Project called Taste of Perú is April 9
On April 9, 2011 the Lamay Clinic Project (lamayclinic.org) will host the Taste of Perú Benefit. This Project, run by the medical community in Cleveland, organizes annual mission trips to Cusco, Perú.
The project started in 2009 as a medical school elective, designed and coordinated by medical students of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University.
Taste of Perú 2011 has the objective to fundraise and gain awareness to support the volunteer medical team who will travel this summer. The students travel with a team of over forty healthcare professionals including physicians, pediatricians, nurses and dentists from Cleveland and around the country. This team provides medical and ophthalmologic care to over 1,500 patients during a two-month period at the local health post of Lamay, Cusco, Perú.
The Sacred Valley is a beautiful region in the Southern half of Perú, where many indigenous people continue to live in remote rural villages. This population suffers major health issues, as malnourished and underweight children, and adults with musculoskeletal and skin problems in addition to poor dentition and eye sight.
Students and faculty members will facilitate educational sessions including CPR, back pain exercises, dental hygiene and hand washing for children and mothers. One of the student leaders of the project, Satoko Kanahara, a fourth-year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine states: “Lamay Clinic Project is constantly growing as we learn more about the community of Lamay and its people each year.
“This project is a work in progress, but the process of coming up with better solutions is also rewarding. We have strong trust and working relationship with the local healthcare workers, the mayor of Lamay, and other volunteer organizations.”
This year’s benefit “Taste of Perú 2011,” includes a presentation and slideshow by medical students outlining the project goals and challenges for this year’s trip, preceded by opening remarks by Dr. James B. Young, Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.
The program includes live entertainment featuring performance of Peruvian dances by local dance groups Raíces del Perú and Marcia Salas, an auction of hand-made craft pieces and products from Perú, and a salsa lesson sponsored by Viva Dance! Studio.
Attendees will sample tasty appetizers and ethnic dishes, including its “flag drink,” Pisco Sour, the acclaimed Peruvian cocktail mixed with imported Pisco (Peruvian brandy-like clear liquor distillate from grapes), now a favorite liquor extended in many countries around the world.