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About Siempre Salud

Siempre Salud colored logo - cropped 2 2015-08-30Siempre Salud representa una justa búsqueda de una vida larga y buena para todas las personas. (Siempre Salud represents the just pursuit of a long and good life for all persons).

Siempre Salud’s mission is to help low-income communities in South America develop systems of prevention, early detection and primary care of those illnesses that cause the most early deaths and severe disability. Our long-term goal is for communities to become owners of their own mutual associations for cooperative health. Continue reading “About Siempre Salud”

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Siempre Salud’s Purpose

Siempre Salud colored logo - cropped 2 2015-08-30The poorest wait the longest before seeking health care. They wait until they are sick, often very sick. Feeling well is not the same as being well. People die because they don’t get care for risk factors, early chronic illnesses, and pre-cancer and early cancer when diseases are silent and don’t produce symptoms. Siempre Salud wants to solve that problem by bringing health care to people, not people to health care. Continue reading “Siempre Salud’s Purpose”

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Siempre Salud’s Activities

Siempre Salud colored logo - cropped 2 2015-08-30In Peru, heart attacks, strokes and cancers are the most common cause of early adult deaths. Chronic vascular diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol) and obesity and smoking are the most important causes of heart attacks and strokes. The most common cancers in Peru are stomach and cervical cancer.  Siempre Salud and three communities lying on Peru’s south coastal desert developed a system of prevention, early detection and primary care of these illnesses at a cost that is equivalent to $3.50 per household per month (less than 3% of average household income). Continue reading “Siempre Salud’s Activities”