Published: June 20th 2012June 20th 2012
So, we didn't end up going to Ventanillas yesterday because there was only room for 2 people and there are 2 global health students here from other universities who might actually be working there, so they were a priority. I didn't find that out until I finally called one of the other UW girls who was supposed to go, to find out if she had been picked up yet. Luckily she knew what was going on.
I finally got to meet Alan yesterday. He's a wonderful guy who also wants to help alleviate the health burdens of the poor/disenfranchised (which is kind of the same thing here). He's teaching a class on neuroscience and couldn't stay out too late, but he said he just wants to fix 3 questions on the survey and then submit our project to the ethics committee at UPCH, which should take about a week to get approved!
I think we're going to do 8 interviews, one with an administrator and one with an on-site pharmacist for InkaFarma, FASA, and ArchAngel, and then two members of the Ministry of Health, one who works with pharmacies and one who works with health informatics. After that, we "just" have to do a qualitative analysis and write up the results to present to UPCH/MOH.
I also finally got to meet Sebastian, one of the non-fellows working on our project. He's a med student, so he's super busy, but he still would like to help if he could. Giordano was working until late, so I have yet to meet him, but he sent me multiple texts about how excited he is to introduce me to traditional Peruvian foods, so hopefully I'll get to meet him soon.
Today, Elvira and I are going to take the Mirabus (tourist bus) around Lima and visit the catacombs in central Lima.