On Thursday (Day 12), we split up and visited two different public hospitals. I visited Hospital Juan A. Fernandez, which is one of the best hospitals in Buenos Aires. After the hospital visits, we went to the Evita Museum, which was really interesting. Some of you may not know who Evita was, but she was a huge figure in women’s voting rights and other social justice movements in Argentina.
Today (Day 13), we gave our final presentations and had free time before our final dinner together. Tomorrow morning we are visiting Recoleta Cemetery (where Evita’s mausoleum is) and spending a few final hours in the city before departing for the US.
Eva Peron exemplified many qualities that led to her being such a symbol for Argentinians everywhere, and these qualities can also be seen in Argentina’s healthcare system to an extent. Evita acted as a symbol of hope, change, and progression in Argentina during her time as the First Lady. She is the main reason for women’s right to vote in the country, and she was extremely charitable in that she started multiple foster homes in Buenos Aires for women and children. In addition to these big feats, Evita created her own foundation and started a nursing school so women could get jobs, not to mention the fact that she did all of this in just six years before she unfortunately passed away at 33 due to uterine cancer.
Argentina’s healthcare system includes a huge public system that is free to anyone who is in Argentina, not just citizens. This setup leads to hope for those who do not have the funds to pay for private healthcare because they know that they can get the care they need and do not have to suffer and watch their personal health deteriorate. All of the hospitals and centers we visited talked about the changes they hope to make within their own facilities, and overall what they would like to see in the industry in general. These exemplify the “change” and “progression” aspects of Evita’s legacy.
It has been an amazing two weeks thanks to Brad, Grant, CAPA, and Austral University, but I am ready to trade in my business casual for something less formal 🙂
*Picture shows the steps outside the restaurant at the museum.