As Americans are seeing COVID-19 cases lessen in the United States due to vaccinations, our sisters and brothers in Peru and other South American countries are experiencing a surge of the virus with no end in sight.
It is with heavy hearts that we must inform you that after a two-week battle with COVID-19, Teresa Salinas Altuna, medical director for the Center for Social Works in Chimbote, has passed away. Teresa was hospitalized in late June and succumbed to the disease on July 6.
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors in responding to the Give Big Pittsburgh COVID-19 campaign. Please know how extremely grateful and blessed we are by your compassion and kindness to our brothers and sisters in Chimbote.
These are the harsh realities for the poor in Chimbote, Peru, who are facing the invisible enemy, COVID-19, with few, if any, resources. The government regulations during the pandemic are causing a significant disruption of services at the Center for Social Works.
The 100,000th baby born at the Maternidad de Maria arrived with fanfare and excitement on October 20, 2019, at 4:35 pm! “Baby 100K” was a healthy baby boy, weighing just over 7 pounds.
This trip to Chimbote was an unforgettable journey where I grew in my faith with God and witnessed the locals’ lifestyle on their level of living. The trip provided a grounding feeling of gratitude towards what I have been gifted in life in terms of my family’s care for me, health, and future potential as a physician.