Colombian Military Personnel Begin Colombia-Peru Development Support Campaign
By Dialogo May 23, 2012
Five Colombian and Peruvian river units set sail from the dock at the Colombian National Navy’s facilities in Puerto Leguízamo, Putumayo, on a voyage of more than 2,200 kilometers along the Putumayo and Amazon rivers, with the aim of providing medical and specialty care to 110 river communities in both countries.
The military ceremony inaugurating the sixth version of the 2012 Colombia-Peru Binational Development Support Campaign was presided over by Vice Admiral Jorge Moscoso Flórez, general commander of Amazon and 5th Naval Area operations for the Peruvian Navy, and Brigadier General Héctor Julio Pachón Cañón, commander of the Southern Naval Force of the Colombian Navy.
This campaign, which has the objective of strengthening state presence and promoting the improvement of the inhabitants’ quality of life in remote areas of Colombian and Peruvian territory, will last until July 19.
A total of 132 Military and civilian personnel who make up the crews of the river units, the Colombian National Navy’s A.R.C. Leticia and A.R.C. Igaraparaná and its hospital barge, and the Peruvian Navy’s B.A.P. Morona and B.A.P Loreto, will be responsible for providing care to the river communities.
The inhabitants of 53 Colombian and 57 Peruvian towns will receive general and specialty medical care, clinical laboratory services, nutritional evaluations, and talks about preventive health care and family planning. At the same time, they will be given food packages, cleaning supplies, clothing, athletic equipment, educational materials, and recreational items, among others.
The binational campaign is supported by the Social Prosperity Administrative Department of the Office of the President of Colombia; the Ministries of Foreign Relations, Social Protection, the Environment, Culture, and Information and Communications Technologies; the Putumayo Governor’s Office; the National Health Institute; the Sports, Recreation, Physical Activity, and Leisure Administrative Department ; the Colombian Family Welfare Institute; Colombian Immigration Services; the National Registry; the National Army; the Judicial Police; and the private sector.
This initiative, which Colombia’s Southern Naval Force has led for six consecutive years, enabled the provision of services to 18,400 people in 2011.