Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities

Juan F. Sanchez, Eric S. Halsey, Angela M. Bayer, Martin Beltran, Hugo R. Razuri, Daniel E. Velasquez, Vitaliano A. Cama, Paul C F Graf, Antonio M. Quispe, Ryan C. Maves, Joel M. Montgomery, John W. Sanders, Andres G. Lescano

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Much debate exists regarding the need, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance. We conducted a cross-sectional study on 457 children under 5 years from four remote riverine communities in the Peruvian Amazon and collected anthropometric measures, blood samples (1-4 years), and stool samples. Focus groups and key informant interviews assessed perspectives regarding medical aid delivered by foreigners. The prevalence of stunting, anemia, and intestinal parasites was 20%, 37%, and 62%, respectively. Infection with multiple parasites, usually geohelminths, was detected in 41% of children. The prevalence of intestinal parasites both individual and polyparasitism increased with age. Participants from smaller communities less exposed to foreigners expressed lack of trust and fear of them. However, participants from all communities were positive about foreigners visiting to provide health support. Prevalent health needs such as parasitic infections and anemia may be addressed by short-term medical interventions. There is a perceived openness to and acceptability of medical assistance delivered by foreign personnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1090-1099
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Medical Assistance
Parasites
Anemia
Growth Disorders
Parasitic Diseases
Health
Focus Groups
Fear
Cross-Sectional Studies
Interviews
Infection

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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Sanchez, J. F., Halsey, E. S., Bayer, A. M., Beltran, M., Razuri, H. R., Velasquez, D. E., ... Lescano, A. G. (2015). Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92(6), 1090-1099. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.14-0329

Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities. / Sanchez, Juan F.; Halsey, Eric S.; Bayer, Angela M.; Beltran, Martin; Razuri, Hugo R.; Velasquez, Daniel E.; Cama, Vitaliano A.; Graf, Paul C F; Quispe, Antonio M.; Maves, Ryan C.; Montgomery, Joel M.; Sanders, John W.; Lescano, Andres G.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 92, No. 6, 01.06.2015, p. 1090-1099.

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Sanchez, JF, Halsey, ES, Bayer, AM, Beltran, M, Razuri, HR, Velasquez, DE, Cama, VA, Graf, PCF, Quispe, AM, Maves, RC, Montgomery, JM, Sanders, JW & Lescano, AG 2015, 'Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 92, no. 6, pp. 1090-1099. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.14-0329
Sanchez, Juan F. ; Halsey, Eric S. ; Bayer, Angela M. ; Beltran, Martin ; Razuri, Hugo R. ; Velasquez, Daniel E. ; Cama, Vitaliano A. ; Graf, Paul C F ; Quispe, Antonio M. ; Maves, Ryan C. ; Montgomery, Joel M. ; Sanders, John W. ; Lescano, Andres G. / Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2015 ; Vol. 92, No. 6. pp. 1090-1099.
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