U.S. Supports Peruvian Medical and Humanitarian Ship
By Dialogo June 14, 2013
The Peruvian Navy launched a new ship, the “PIASS,” in Iquitos, on June 7. The ship’s mission is to travel along the rivers of the Amazon to deliver government-provided medical, educational and banking services to isolated populations.
The launch included a “telemedicine” demonstration using a network with remote communications that enables the ship to consult with other countries and other areas in Peru.
The demonstration included a video connection between the ship; the Peruvian Naval Hospital in Callao; and Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The U.S. Navy’s Center for Tropical Disease Research helped establish the ship’s telemedicine capabilities, coordinated the initial demonstration and contributed laboratory training and equipment loans to help the Peruvian Navy.
The U.S. government is also donating about $15,000 in medicines to the PIASS for use during medical missions. The medicines were purchased through U.S. Southern Command and donated to Peru as part of the U.S. government’s support to Peru’s Social Inclusion Strategy.