Treating people injured during the protests in Lima
MSF has responded to diseases including HIV and, more recently, COVID-19, while also responding to disasters such as earthquakes.

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. Teams also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, where our teams provided treatment to patients.

Our activities in 2021 in Peru

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in Peru in 2020 In Peru, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported the national response to COVID-19 with treatment and vaccinations, and ran mobile clinics for Venezuelan migrants.

In response to a steep rise in COVID-19 infections in April, which put a severe strain on the Peruvian health system, we sent a team to support the regional hospital in Huacho. We treated patients with oxygen therapy in the intensive care unit and provided follow-up care in homes. 

In May, we started training health workers to treat COVID-19 patients in Cusco. We introduced non-invasive oxygen therapy, an alternative to intubation that allows patients to remain conscious. We also helped healthcare facilities in Huacho and Cusco to set up triage areas, and organised mental health consultations for patients and their families, both face-to-face and by phone. 

After COVID-19 cases declined, we handed over our patient care activities to Ministry of Health staff and focused on administering COVID-19 vaccines in the cities of Cusco, Arequipa and Tumbes.

Assistance for Venezuelan migrants
Nearly 1.3 million migrants from Venezuela now live in Peru and have limited access to medical care. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the borders were officially closed in 2021, leaving migrants without a way to register for healthcare and other government services. 

In November, we started to run a mobile clinic in the northern border region of Tumbes, providing medical consultations for migrants who had recently arrived. In December, we started a mobile clinic in four areas of the capital, Lima, offering basic healthcare to migrants and local people.


In 2021
Venezuelan Migrants in Peru
Central American Migration

Peru: Venezuelan migrants struggle to survive

Project Update 18 Mar 2022
Covid-19 intervention in Cusco
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Situation in Peru remains critical as world’s worst-hit COVID-19 country

Press Release 4 Jun 2021
MSF supports COVID-19 response in Peru as hospitals face collapse

COVID-19 leaves high numbers of deaths and overwhelmed hospitals in Peru

Press Release 20 Apr 2021
Access to medicines

There’s still time to stop the TPP from cutting off the critical lifeline of affordable generic medicines

Press Release 3 Feb 2016
Treating multi drug resistant TB and HIV/AIDS in Manipur, India
Access to medicines

TPP negotiators must fix the most damaging trade agreement ever for global health

Press Release 23 Jul 2015

MSF increases assistance in post-earthquake region of Peru

Project Update 6 Sep 2007