Health Care

Rains Raise the Risk of Dengue and Zika Viruses

Rains Raise the Risk of Dengue and Zika Viruses

The government is set to declare a health emergency in northern Peru, following reports of more than 80 new cases of dengue fever in the wake of heavy rains and flooding in Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque.  On the south coast in Ica, 28 cases have been reported. “The idea of declaring […]

Three Firefighters Die in Health Warehouse Blaze

Three Firefighters Die in Health Warehouse Blaze

Three firefighters died in a night-long fire in Lima’s low-income district of El Agustino.  The fire broke out on Oct. 18 in a shoe factory and spread quickly to the adjacent building, a Health Ministry warehouse used to store emergency stocks of medicines and wheelchairs as well as administrative archives. […]

Hatun Phajcha — Getting the Word Out on Peru’s Super Foods

Hatun Phajcha — Getting the Word Out on Peru’s Super Foods

Delia Ackerman has set herself a challenge.  The award-winning filmmaker is going beyond Peru’s gastronomic boom to highlight and revalue the traditional knowledge and amazing nutritional value of the “super foods” farmed for hundreds, even thousands of years in the Andes.  Some of these foods are now famous, but there […]

Freezing Temperatures Cause Forty-Nine Deaths in Southern Peru

Twelve young children under the age of five have died in Puno, and another eight children in Cusco, from respiratory infections in the past several weeks of freezing temperatures and snow. According to the Puno regional health office, the children in Puno were reported in different areas that lie above […]