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MSF has responded to diseases including HIV and, more recently, COVID-19, while also responding to disasters such as earthquakes.

Our teams in Peru provided HIV treatment to people in prisons until 2006 and responded to a massive earthquake on the southeastern coast in August 2007. We also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, where our teams provided treatment to patients. 

After two years, our project supporting people on migration routes in northern Peru closed at the end of November 2023. 


Our activities in 2022 in Peru

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in Peru in 2022 Since late 2021, Médecins Sans Frontières teams in Peru have been focusing on providing care for migrants arriving in the country after perilous journeys from Venezuela and other Latin American countries.
Peru IAR map 2022

Poverty and political instability have driven millions of Venezuelans to leave their country and seek refuge in other Latin American countries, especially after the crisis intensified in 2014. Their already dire situation has been compounded these past few years by the disruption to health systems and society brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peru is the second-largest host country for Venezuelans; an estimated 1.5 million migrants, asylum seekers and refugees had settled there by the end of 2022, after a 3,000-kilometre journey. Over a third of them have an irregular administrative status in the country, and consequently, have limited access to medical care.

Many people arrive in Peru exhausted and dehydrated. Some have been subjected to violence, including sexual violence, and robbed by armed groups or gangsters, during an arduous journey across several borders which can take weeks or even months. Even after they have been in Peru for some time, many people continue to live in precarious, unhygienic conditions, exposed to multiple health issues. 

Throughout 2022, our fixed and mobile clinics offered medical and psychological assistance for migrants in the northern border town of Tumbes, often their first port of entry in the country, and in the capital, Lima, where many end up staying. Our services included general, sexual and reproductive healthcare, mental health support, emergency referrals to hospitals, and treatment for chronic diseases. We also made these services available to Peruvians living in vulnerable circumstances.



In 2022

AIDS treatment starts in poor part of Lima

Project Update 27 Aug 2004

Free trade agreement will put access to life-saving medicines in Peru and regions at risk

Press Release 14 May 2004

Peru's jail population at far higher risk to HIV/AIDS infection

Project Update 26 Jun 2003

Women's health in Amazon affected by exclusion

Press Release 30 Oct 2001

After six years of development, MSF hands over project to health ministry

Project Update 30 Oct 2001

MSF intervention in Peru continues with three teams

Project Update 5 Jul 2001