Community Development



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Of the 27 million people in Peru, more than half live in poverty, with 1/4 surviving on just $1.00 a day. Rapid growth of Peru's cities, spurred by migration from rural areas of Peru, has lead to the creation of several urban slums known as pueblos jóvenes. Pueblos jóvenes, or "young towns," are rapidly expanding tracts of invaded land that largely lack basic services such as waste management, electricity, and access to running water.

In rural communities, such as those we work with in Ecuador, residents face difficulties due to geographic isolation and unequal allocation of resources. A lack of education and economic opportunities contributes to rural poverty and also encourages migration. Only 14% of the rural population in Ecuador has access to proper sanitation. 

For the past several years, MEDLIFE has been working outside of Lima (Peru), Cuzco (Peru), Tena (Ecuador) and Riobamba (Ecuador) to provide support to the low-income communities that inhabit those areas.

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land-rightsLand Rights

- People fleeing terrorism and/or looking for better jobs have flooded Lima and it's surroundings.

- This has lead to major overcrowding, disputes with land owners and a lack of basic resources.


waterWater and Sanitation

- 76 million people in Latin America do not have clean water.

- Worldwide almost 1.5 million children die from waterborne disease every year.



- 34 million people are without electricity in Latin America.

- Contributes to lack of education because children cannot complete homework without light.


garbageWaste Disposal

-116 million in Latin American do not have access to sanitation.

-In developing countries 80% of sewage is not treated, which in turn pollutes the water-ways.

healthcareHealth care

274 million of people living in Latin America and the Caribbean (46%)  lack health insurance.

- 250 million suffer from nontransmissible diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.





- Only 24% of children living in rural areas in Ecuador finish primary school. 


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During our Mobile Clinics, MEDLIFE representatives listen to community members' needs and attempt to evaluate the root causes of illness, accidents and other problems that prevent the community from developing. For example, we have seen first-hand how poor sanitation brings disease. Through meetings with the Ministry of Education in Ecuador, we discovered how a lack of classroom space forces children to migrate to more distant schools, exposing themselves to dangers on the road. Through patients we met outside of Lima, Peru, we learned how a lack of infrastructure in hilly areas can lead to falls and other accidents. We have addressed each of these issues through the creation of the MEDLIFE Project Fund, a fund for large-scale community development projects. We work closely with the communities to ensure quality work and seek to create links with local government so that projects are sustainable in the long term and without the intervention of MEDLIFE.

Find out more about The MEDLIFE Fund

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