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International Medical Aid

“Thousands of mothers, kids, men, and woman have benefited from this project… Many lives have been saved.”

Kyra Hamann, United States Embassy


“Thousands of mothers, kids, men, and woman have benefited from this project… Many lives have been saved.” Kyra Hamann, United States Embassy

Expanding Medical Aid In The Amazon Rainforest

In 2008 Jonathan Shanin's foundation, AidJoy, began working with dentists aboard a medical mission in the Amazon rainforest.


Since that time Jonathan’s foundation, AidJoy, has scaled these medical programs from treating 1,500 patients to treating 19,000 patients annually.
Go to and learn more about AidJoy's contributions in medical expansion.

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1. Jonathan Shanin, introducing dental hygiene to children aboard medial expedition in 2008


2. Jonathan assisting in dental care.


3. Aboard a medical expedition in the Amazon rainforest, made possible by Jonathan’s foundation, AidJoy.


4. TEDx talk on growing medical programs in the Amazon.


5. Jonathan’s foundation, AidJoy, is in the history books!


Nelson GEO 8, 2015 Textbook:

(Left) Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai; (Right) AidJoy’s charity-partners delivering medical care

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The Location: Loreto, Peru: the Peruvian side of the Amazon rainforest. An area larger than Germany, covered in jungle.

The Population: Approximately 900,000 people, half of whom live in 4,000 villages scattered across the region.

Primary Mode of Transportation: Dugout canoe and riverboat taxi (peki-peki). For 95% of rural residents, the network of rivers is the only means of transportation. The cost of fuel for motorized boats is cost prohibitive for families in the Amazon.

The Problem: One public hospital serves uninsured patients from the entire region. For rural people, the cost of travel and medical expenses can start an inescapable cycle of poverty.

The Reality: Even if money can be found for motorized boat travel during an emergency, it can take days-to-weeks to reach medical professionals and receive treatment.

The Consequence: Tens-of-thousands suffer or die annually in the Peruvian Amazon from treatable or preventable medical conditions. The highest rates of mortality are among neonates and infants, and the #1 cause of death is common diarrhea and resultant dehydration.

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