It takes the people of Montepa several hours by boat to reach the nearest doctor. But now the doctors and nurses will be coming to the patients in Montepa and other settlements on the San Miguel River. In late August, the regional health authorities launched a mobile health service with the support of the UN refugee agency and the nearby municipality of Lago Agrio. The floating clinic, dubbed the “River Health Boat,” will ply permanently between 28 communities along the river, bringing urgently needed medical care to people suffering from malaria and other health problems of the tropics. (UNHCR)

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