Western Medicine in the Amazon #Rainforest, Explore and Discover, Peru

By January 17, 2017March 8th, 2019Amazon Rainforest

I take this photograph of the sign in front of the medical office at St. Regis–the largest village we visit in the remote rainforest.  Here, the indigenous people of the surrounding communities may travel by boat, often a dugout canoe, for medical services.  This office offers Western Medicine including vaccines, antibiotics, birth control, and maternity services, but many women prefer to have their babies at home. Some of the indigenous people use the services of a local shaman for medicinal herbs for a variety of ailments.  But, they may travel to this office in the village of San Regis for western medical services or be transported to Iquitos for hospitalization.  With this global photo story, I salute the continuing efforts to manage the diseases of the people of the Amazon Rainforest, including malaria, one of the most deadly diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.  Thankfully, the incidence of malaria is decreasing in this region because of mosquito control and the judicious use of mosquito nets.