Project C.U.R.E. Clinics in Paraguay!
Little known, little visited Paraguay is a country of remarkable contrast: it's rustic and sophisticated; it's extremely poor and obscenely wealthy; it boasts exotic natural reserves and massive human-made dams; it is a place where horses and carts pull up alongside Mercedes-Benz vehicles, artisans' workshops abut glitzy shopping centers, and Jesuit ruins in rural villages lie just a few kilometers from sophisticated colonial towns.
Loma Plata is located in the Paraguayan Chaco. The Chaco is one of South America's last vast wildernesses. Although it makes up approximately 60 percent of the national territory, the Chaco is home to barely three percent of Paraguay's population. While Eastern Paraguay was being colonized beginning the 1500s, the Chaco proved too hostile to European newcomers. The Chaco remained relatively untouched by outsiders until the late 1800's when the region's vast natural resources began to interest both Paraguayans and foreigners. This eventually resulted in the Chaco war between Bolivia and Paraguay waged between 1932 and 1935.
Our local partner, Fundación Panambi received its first shipment from Project C.U.R.E. in 2012. Since then there have been 3 more shipments. In fall of 2017, our partner was exploring the possibility of sending a container to El Chaco after our fall C.U.R.E. Clinic. During the 2017 C.U.R.E. Clinic, several Lion's volunteers from Loma Plata contributed translation services and thus became interested in bringing C.U.R.E. Clinics to their community. During our trip, we will be working collaboratively with local staff seeing patients and sharing knowledge. The people of Paraguay are warm and jovial and look forward to welcoming us. We will enjoy the good work we do as well as great company, delicious local food, Paraguayan culture and hospitality as well as visiting some of the local sites.
We can take all medical specialties and backgrounds on this trip! Our partner specifically requested the following:
- OBGYN services including cervical cancer screening and treatment (Project C.U.R.E. has the supplies)
Sites are still being chosen within Loma Plata. Expect remote pop up clinics with a possible collaboration with the local hospital or other clinics. Paraguay has been a historically great place for C.U.R.E. Clinics. Very few people travel to Paraguay and therefore the people are very happy to receive us and our services. You will experience unbelievable hospitality and gratitude during your trip.