In Peru, S.S. HOPE's mission focused on the old Spanish colonial city of Trujillo.
On all voyages, HOPE's nurses conducted physical therapy, as here in Brazil, 1972.
Nutrition classes by HOPE staff, Nicaragua, 1966
|Quotations are from HOPE volunteers.
Voyage 1, to Indonesia and South Vietnam
"I spent the afternoon removing the jaw from a 49-year-old woman and it was a tough job. These people are all anemic and they bleed like fury. Their clotting mechanism for some reason is nil and our blood bank is empty. . . . It's all in a day's work. You don't come here to play tiddly-winks."
Dr. Bloom, South Vietnam
Voyage 2, to Peru
May 1962-March 1963
"Thirty people, mostly women and children, were waiting in front of the vacant store used once a week as the clinic. . . . Our driver opened the tailgate and unlocked her cupboards, ready to dispense drugs and food supplements prescribed inside. Registration and dressing station in the big front room, a doctor and a helper in each of the three smaller rooms, and we were in the business of diagnosis and minor treatments. I circulated, consulting on such orthopedic cases as showed up without previous notice. By the time we got set up a hundred people were outside."
S. Perry Rogers, M. D.
Voyage 3, to Ecuador
November 1963-September 1964
"The diseases we see are so far advanced--so clinically identifiable--that physical examination only keeps up appearances. We see cases of tapeworm, kidney disease, tapeworm, rheumatic fever, juvenile diabetes and tapeworm."
Alex Sahagian-Edwards, M. D.
Voyage 4, to Guinea
September 1964-September 1965
"Guinea has only 10 African and 40 Iron Curtain contract doctors for the entire population of three million."
John S. Fifer, M. D.
Voyage 5, to Nicaragua
January 1966-November 1966
"Actually, if the ship were simply a service ship it would not be worth sending to any country, because the countries to which we go have such enormous problems of health that a 130-bed hospital (which is our size) couldn't possibly, in ten months, begin to dent the problems. Our only hope is to train people in all sorts of medical and paramedical fields to go back and train other people in their own country."
Walter C. Rogers, M. D.