14 Apr Doctor without Borders
Ebel is a doctor who lives in Tacna, in the south of Peru.
During her studies, she did a 1-year internship in the largest public hospital of Lima, Hospital Arzobispo Loayza, mostly working with patients with tuberculosis and HIV. The hospital is known for the lack of resources, and is located in Lima’s city centre, close to trouble areas with high crime and drug abuse rates.
Afterwards, Ebel went on to work for almost 18 months in the Peruvian Amazon region, in Nuevo Tarapoto. The place where she stayed had no lights, no electricity, and sometimes she had to walk through the jungle for 5 days (and 5 days back) with a local guide to reach far away patients.
Ebel prefers not to work in institutionalised medical environments, such as hospitals. That is why she applied and got admitted to work for Doctors without Borders. Next week, Ebel is about to leave Peru on her first mission, to the war-struck region of Donetsk in Ukraine. Here, she will again be working with patients with tuberculosis.
When in Tacna, Ebel also runs a shop in the centre of Tacna. On the picture you see her in the shop.