Health Care in   Peru
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 Health Care Facilities
Most good health care facilities and most doctors are found in the large cities along the coast, especially in Lima, the capital. The rest of the country has fewer doctors and clinics. In Lima, there is one doctor for every 400 people, but in the rural communities there may only be one doctor for every 12 000 people.

Keeping the people of Peru healthy is a problem because good drinking water and sewage treatment facilities are in short supply. Even in the large cities, one in every four people cannot get water that is properly treated. In communities outside the big cities only about one person out of every ten are able to get treated water.

Diseases, like cholera, that are spread through unclean water often cause health problems for the people of Peru.  

Another problem is that poverty among almost half of the population makes it difficult for the people, especially children, to have enough of the good foods they need to stay healthy.  This is a problem for young, growing children. One child out of every ten children do not live past the age of five years old.


The government of Peru has tried to build health centres and clinics in rural communities to provide for the health needs of the local people. These clinics and health centres treat diseases but also try to educate the people about what they need to do to stay healthy. People are taught how to recognize diseases and what to do to live healthy lives. 


In large cities there are some private hospitals, but these are expensive and not open to the people who cannot afford to pay.


Health Data on Peru
Health Information for Travelers to Peru
Peru Handbook - Health



Peru has less doctors for the number of its people than Tunisia, Ukraine or Canada.
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