HRH The Princess Royal visits the Vine Trust medical ship in Peru
Published on 20 September, 2017
HRH The Princess Royal visited the village of Oran on the banks of the Amazon River in Peru to tour the Vine Trust’s new, purpose-built medical ship, the MV Forth Hope. Her Royal Highness is patron of The Vine Trust charity, created in 1985 by Very Rev Albert Bogle.
HRH The Princess Royal was warmly greeted by the local community before taking a tour of the ship and seeing the medical work underway.
The MV Forth Hope arrived in Peru at the beginning of September after a 42-day, 6786 mile delivery voyage from Scotland. Already in active service, this new vessel is Vine Trust’s second medical ship in the region and will help provide 200,000 medical consultations each year to remote and isolated communities along the five river basins in the region.
A team of eight Peruvian health professionals will provide medical care aboard the ships thanks to a collaboration between Vine Trust and the Peruvian Ministry of Health. They will be assisted by overseas medical volunteers who visit the programme throughout the year, working alongside the national workers and sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise.
“We are delighted to see the new ship already out providing care and the reaction from the patients has been extremely positive” said Kenny Holt, Vine Trust’s medical programmes' manager.
“The programme provides a very high standard of care from passionate and committed health workers who deliver a whole range of services in partnership with the villages.
“The introduction of a second medical ship reinforces our capacity for further development, which will strengthen the local response to healthcare needs in the years ahead”.
To find out more about the Vine Trust visit www.vinetrust.org