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PAMS Helps Perú Cope with COVID





Perú has one of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in Latin America, and the mortality rate per capita is the second- highest in the world. COVID has exposed a vulnerable healthcare system. Although Perú locked down early to stop the coronavirus, its informal economy could not sustain the lockdowns. Seventy percent of Perú’s workforce are informal workers, depending on daily earnings. Now many more people have become unemployed, causing extreme financial hardship.

PAMS responded to COVID aid requests from hospitals, healthcare centers, medical personnel, and communities by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), oxygen, food, and medications to those with the greatest need.

Read more about what we are doing in our Blog  PAMS Blog


In the midst of the pandemic, PAMS Missions adapted to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Missions are providing PPEs to healthcare workers, setting-up hand- washing stations in neighborhoods, educating communities on controlling COVID infections, delivering food to marginalized families in remote villages and shanty-towns, and running a mobile help-line for patients and primary care providers.

PAMS Polyclinic in Chincha continues to provide daily comprehensive medical care. The Polyclinic was built in response to the 2007 devastating earthquake which destroyed many lives and Chincha and Pisco’s medical facilities. Thanks to significant investment in PPE, primary and specialty care is assured for the 23,000 patients seen yearly. Repairing and replacing old equipment remains an economic challenge.


PAMS Medical Education has adapted and expanded during the pandemic. We have conducted successful educational webinars attracting 5,000 physicians and medical students in 18 countries, including Perú. Collaborative agreements with medical schools, medical students, and specialty residents have been developed. We are offering mentorship, clinical case discussions, and clinical research advice electronically. PAMS University Chapters provided computer tablets to medical students for online classes.

For more information contact:    
Maria Sanders
PAMS Executive Director