Covid-19 intervention in Cusco
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.

MSF teams are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, where our teams are providing treatment to patients and undertaking early detection of potential cases in Huacho hospital. Teams had also responded in 2020, treating patients in Tarapoto, Huánuco and Tingo María hospitals.

Our activities in 2020 in Peru

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Peru in 2020 In 2020, MSF returned to Peru for the first time in more than a decade to assist the Ministry of Health in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peru Activities 2020

By mid-May, the country had reported over 70,000 people confirmed with the virus and, although fewer than 2,500 deaths were officially reported, the excess mortality figures warned of an unprecedented health crisis. Borders were closed, a state of emergency was declared, and a strict quarantine and curfew were imposed. Only three months later, in August, the number of confirmed cases exceeded half a million and more than 26,000 people had died.

MSF worked in Peru between July and October 2020. In collaboration with the health services of the Basque Country in Spain, we sent a team of doctors and nurses experienced in the clinical management of COVID-19 patients. The aim of our intervention was to share the knowledge acquired during our COVID-19 responses in other countries, and in the management of epidemics, such as Ebola.

Specialist teams were sent to Tarapoto, Huánuco and Tingo María hospitals in San Martín and Huánuco regions, to support intensive care, emergency and inpatient services. In these hospitals, and in several facilities in Lima and Amazonas regions, MSF also helped to set up segregated zones and circuits, to reduce the risk of contagion for health personnel and COVID-19-negative patients.

Our objective in Amazonas and Loreto regions was to support the basic healthcare system to guarantee good clinical management and health promotion, contact follow-up and detection of symptoms, while also avoiding inadequate medication and the risk of infection for personnel. We trained staff and visited health facilities to ensure services were appropriately adapted. In addition, we donated medicines, personal protective equipment and other medical materials.



Peru earthquake: Overview of MSF activities

Project Update 27 Aug 2007

'At first it felt like I was looking at a bomb site.'

Project Update 23 Aug 2007

MSF provides care to survivors in quake affected region in Peru

Project Update 21 Aug 2007

MSF sends a plane with relief material to Peru

Project Update 17 Aug 2007

Peru's Lurigancho prison project: Five years working with people forgotten before they were dead

Project Update 22 Mar 2006

AIDS treatment starts in poor part of Lima

Project Update 27 Aug 2004