Pampas Grande, Peru

Pampas Grande, Peru, also known as the "Balcony suspended between the sea and the sky," lies at 3,690 m (12,106 ft) above sea level within the Huaraz Province of the Ancash Region. It is home to approximately 1,300 people and is the capital of its district (also known as Pampas Grande), which consists of 12 small towns. Once the leading agricultural distributor in the Ancash Region, Pampas Grande was a land of economic promise.  However, in 1970, the Great Peruvian Earthquake killed over 80,000 people devastating the Ancash and La Liberated Regions. The health post in Pampas Grande (an entity of the Ministrio de Salud del Peru) provides free basic clinical and public health services to uninsured people. Persons in Pampas Grande who suffer more complex conditions, however, must travel at least 6 hours to the nearest hospital in the City of Huaraz. 


Huaraz, Peru

Huaraz, Peru is the capital of the Ancash Region and the seat of the Huaraz Province of Peru. The city has an elevation of about 10,000 feet and is a popular tourist destination for those exploring the Peruvian Andes. Notably, Huaraz is the location of the Regional Hospital of Ancash, which provides health services to people through the comprehensive health insurance provided by the Peruvian Ministry of Health. 


Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru is a city near the Urubamba Valley of the Peruvian Andes. Known as the Historical Capital of Peru, Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, which reigned over large parts of South America from the 13th to the 16th century. Today, Cusco remains rich in Quechua heritage and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is the capital of both the Cusco Province and Region, and houses both a Regional Hospital and a Health Post. 


Grundy, VA, USA

Grundy, VA, USA, is located in the southwestern region of Virginia in Buchanan County. Nestled in the coal fields of the Appalachian Mountains, Grundy has a population of approximately 1,000 people. The organization Remote Area Medical (RAM) hosts an annual clinic at Grundy's elementary school, which provides free basic health services to people from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and other nearby states. Over the past several years, RGHA members have volunteered through RAM to assist with this annual clinic.