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MSF in Peru, 2003
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International staff: 6
MSF has been present in Peru since the end of 1985
In Peru, MSF cares for people living with HIV/AIDS in the slums of Lima and in the city's overcrowded Lurigancho prison. Activities include education, treatment of related infections such as tuberculosis, and home based care for those living in poor urban areas; introduction of antiretroviral therapy is foreseen for 2004.
MSF continues to address the problem of violence against children and adolescents in Lima's Villa El Salvador district. In March 2003, MSF's mucocutaneous leishmaniasis treatment program in the San Martin de Pangoa district of Satipo came to an end; the two-year program improved detection and treatment of cases as well as the capacity of area health staff to address the disease.
In addition, MSF, through the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, helped the health authorities get sodium stibo gluconate, used for treating the disease, for a price 20 times cheaper than before. MSF also responded with material assistance and aid to health facilities when extreme cold affected thousands in Peru in July 2003.