An important part of CAFA's mission is to make sure that children who are in need of treatment and rehabilitation can access it. The transportation program specifically assists the poorest burn survivors that come to the ANIQUEM clinic. As there is no other location in Peru that offers comprehensive rehabilitation for scarring from burns at no cost to the patient, children from the poorest sector of society may need to travel considerable distances in order to get help at the ANIQUEM clinic in Lima.
The various treatments require that the children and a care giver return to the clinic on a regular basis. Unfortunately - with a large percentage of families operating on incomes of less than $70 CDN per person, per month - even bus fare from within the city becomes a financial strain.
Our transport program supports children from this socioeconomic group. For those living in and around Lima, transit fare for the child and a care-giver is provided for each visit to the clinic. In many cases, money for food is provided as well. For those who must travel to Lima, tickets on buses from outside the city are provided when a bus company cannot be persuaded to donate the fare. These children typically must come for up to a week, three or four times per year for treatment. The transport program also helps with lodging and food for the patients and their guardians while staying in Lima.
In this past year CAFA has supported over 780 patient visits directly affecting 240 children.
Daisy was burned at 9 months when her mom was cooking over a fire on the floor. Daisy crawled to the fire and fell in. The dad took her to a medical post but they would not accept her, due to the severity of her burns she needed a hospital. Dad brought her by bus to Lima - trip of two days. She was in the children’s hospital for several months with burns to her head, hands and arms.
Daisy came to Lima for surgery in February, 2020 and was able to fit in camp before being admitted to hospital. The family need transport, lodging and money for groceries to eat while staying in a donated apartment in Lima. She had her surgery on March 2020 with dad staying in the apartment and dependent on CAFA for food. Daisy and her father were caught up in the closures affecting Peru due to COVID 19.
Thanks to GC4C for their kind support!
8 years old, was burned 2 years ago with hot oil. Jefferson took a pan with the oil from the fire in his right hand, with his other hand was scratching his back so that the hand with the pan was jostled and the oil flew out, hitting his left arm, neck and chest. The mom brought him to Lima for treatment while dad stayed in Puerto Bermudez with another child, working as a farm labourer making 35 soles a day.