Improve the quality of life and bring about sustainable change for the medically underserved population of Lima, Peru by providing various types of surgeries, dental care and prosthetic and rehabilitative services, with a dream and as a team.
Provide an array of humanitarian and direct medical services and work collaboratively and consultatively with local healthcare providers to enhance their effectiveness in providing care; improve health and quality of life among the disabled and underserved population.
To achieve optimum outcomes, all health care team members and individuals served will be:
- Treated with dignity and respect
- Sensitive to diversity in cultures
- Empowered to participate
- Innovative to improve processes
- Responsive to needs with compassion,
open-mindedness and tolerance
- Accountable to each other
Thanks to our partners and numerous volunteers, including physicians, nurses, prosthetic specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, dentists, student trainees from the University of Hartford and interpreters, we are making a difference in individual lives, and in the life of families and communities.
Each year, a volunteer team of medical experts from the State of Connecticut in the United States heads to Lima, Peru for a weeklong mission to educate, collaborate and empower local health care providers to attend to the needs of the disabled and undeserved population.
But the work begins months before. In Peru, local medical professionals identify patients in need of surgery or rehabilitative care that the D&WT team has the proficiency and expertise to provide. For those in need of prosthetics, precise measurements are taken to allow prostheses to be created than can be fitted properly when the medical team is next in Peru.
In Connecticut, the necessary equipment is gathered from supply sources willing to donate surgical plates and screws needed for spinal surgeries. Prostheses are constructed, and prepared for shipping to Peru, so they will be at the hospital when the D&WT medical team arrives.
Because it takes up to six weeks for the shipping crates filled with prostheses to clear customs in Peru, everything must be done weeks before departure.
Through the years – now more than a decade of annual medical missions – strong bonds of trust have developed among the medical professionals in Connecticut and Peru. As trust has grown, so have the number of patients treated each year, and the distances they travel in Peru to be seen by the D&WT team.
In 2015, a team of 17 Connecticut-based professionals and four students treated 60 individuals in Peru in just over a week’s time, providing medical services ranging from spinal surgery to prosthesis fitting to rehabilitative care. For the patients, it meant that pain would be alleviated, mobility would be restored, and functionality would return. Many had waited years – some even a lifetime – for such a transformative, life-changing moment.