Spencer Hart

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health, mental health, poverty




The current healthcare systems in Peru leave millions without easy access to medical attention, many of whom are also living in poverty. It is difficult for the governing bodies to include everyone in healthcare coverage plans and make the necessary medical resources accessible. The lack of qualified medical professionals. in part due to a migration of doctors out of the country to seek better opportunities elsewhere, also contributes to the problem. As can be expected, these and other factors lead to greater amounts of illness and deaths than other countries that have more developed healthcare. These problems have also caused a decrease in the confidence Peruvians have in healthcare professionals and modern medical systems, with many often turning to less effective traditional practices instead. Several organizations are working to help solve this social problem, with the best of them working on administering healthcare to the vulnerable. building connections between modern and traditional medicine. and providing much needed medical supplies.