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Yantalo in the Upper Amazon area of Peru
The small village of Yantalo has made progress despite the obstacles imposed by its rural location, poverty, teenage pregnancy, extremely limited health care resources and more than 600 children between the ages of 6-16 needing a basic education.
The area's single clinic is staffed by a half-time, government-provided young doctor who gamely tends not only the residents of Yantalo but also the other inhabitants scattered for miles in the surrounding jungle. Treating everything from infections, broken bones, newborn care, or injuries suffered from domestic violence, Dr. Myriam Montoya is the only physician available to handle a monumental caseload and to do so between the hours of 8 AM-Noon, weekdays.
Although electricity is available throughout the village, the voltage is 220. The clinic therefore is being constructed with both 110 and 220 volt currents in order to be able to utilize used equipment and machinery that will hopefully be donated.
The local school has limited resources in the form of books, paper and pencils, and other supplies. Children come to school wearing uniforms and shoes, if they have them, by bicycle or make their way by canoe and on foot.
There is presently no dental care available in the entire area.
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