The Mobile Health Clinic is led by a specialist in Shipibo plant medicine and a German specialist in holistic health. 6 - 8 weeks out of the year, they travel to 3 Shipibo communities to treat patients suffering from common illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatism, cancer, gastritis, etc. They educate patients on plant medicine as an alternative to western medicine for economic and health reasons. An other objective is to also educate Shipibos on diet and nutrition as method of disease prevention
The Shipibo peoples of the Peruvian Amazon suffer from increased rates of diabetes, gastritis, cancer, rheumatism, and more. Treatment for these illnesses is not accessible or economically realistic for the communities. Furthermore, western medical practices and treatments that exist in the Amazon do not communicate the causes of these illnesses or the prevention methods patients can take such as better nutrition and diet.
The Mobile Health Clinic reaches communities with minimal access to health treatment and reaches communities that often do not have financial resources to invest in western medicine. By bringing traditional plant medicine to communities, the health specialists Carolina and Nine, emphasize the economic viability of plant medicine and show how accessible it is for communities to make on their own. The health specialists treat patients and educate them on how to prevent illness on their own.
The health specialists are committed to encouraging the practice of traditional medicine to reduce reliance on western medicine for economic reasons and for sake of preserving a rich history of plant medicine. The clinic also educates patients on the causes of the illnesses they have and how important nutrition and diet are in order to prevent chronic illness. The clinic give patients the tools to create their own plant based remedies and practice prevention in a culturally appropriate way.