IOM Peru - The Life Caravan: Health on the Move
This week, IOM Peru is launching a documentary showcasing La Caravana de la Vida (The Life Caravan), a project implemented between 2012 and 2014 that brought much-needed mobile health services to remote areas in the Amazon.
Peru is currently the 5th largest producer of gold worldwide and the largest in South America. However, illegal mining is common practice in several regions of the country. In Madre de Dios, a large region located in south-eastern Peru on the border with Brazil and Bolivia, the situation is especially worrying. An estimated 40,000 internal migrants flocked to the region in past years to work in the mostly illegal mining industry.
Since 2009, IOM has worked closely with the regional government to combat trafficking in persons through the development of a regional action plan against human trafficking, information campaigns and the training of officials and educators.
In July 2012, IOM and the regional government of Madre de Dios signed a cooperation agreement to implement the Caravana de la Vida project in order to bring much needed health services to rural populations, while informing them about the risks of trafficking and how to report it to the authorities.
After two years of implementation, La Caravana de la Vida, entirely funded by IOM Peru, has provided assistance to more than 15,000 patients in 80 towns and villages in the Madre de Dios region.
The documentary and introductory video can be viewed at:
The Life Caravan: Health on the Move (institutional video) http://youtu.be/UifMp1kZtnI
Using Theater to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking (documentary) http://youtu.be/ry5_D8kUOF8