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Health Care Hurdles Facing Communities in Peru

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With an extensive background in management, Reem Taoz has engaged in leadership capacities with Grupo Taoz SAC and Lafromagerie SAC. A native of Israel, Reem Taoz gained core experience in Peru. Community involved, he participated in volunteer efforts at local hospitals during the holiday season.

Peru has a number of pressing health care issues, with approximately one-third of the population living in poverty and lacking access to basic medical assistance. While the government has increased its allocation of resources to local communities, administrative bottlenecking has resulted in relatively few programs being implemented on the ground level.

At present, Peru has the second-highest incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Latin America, after Brazil. Highly contagious and resistant to multiple drugs, TB causes approximately 2,300 deaths nationwide each year. Acute respiratory infections such as pneumonia and influenza are particularly prevalent among young children, with the World Health Organization associating 15 percent of total deaths to these easily treatable infections. The reality in Peru is that more effective efforts are needed to address diseases that could be treated or prevented if the resources were in place.