Yesterday was our last day of site visits in Argentina. We started the morning off by traveling to a public hospital in the province of Buenos Aires. Compared to the impression we had about public hospitals coming into the trip, the hospital we saw was much different, as it was high functioning and much nicer than we had expected. Following the visit to the hospital, we traveled to see the botanical gardens within Buenos Aires, and it was very peaceful being enclosed within the trees that covered the entire space. We finished the day by visiting the Evita Museum, which was built in honor of Evita Perón, former First Lady and social activist of Argentina.
The legacy of Evita Perón is known all throughout Argentina, as she has been one of the most influential figures in the country’s history. Not only does she have a museum devoted to her, but she also has a giant mural of her on one of the buildings in downtown Buenos Aires. Her legacy is related well to the public healthcare system that we visited yesterday, as she was adamant about striving towards a positive change for the people of Argentina. This is the goal of the public healthcare system, because they want to give their citizens the best treatment possible when it comes to medical services. In the same way, Evita wanted to give the country the best opportunities from a political and social standpoint. She drove the initiative for women’s rights, leading to the first time women could vote in Argentina’s history. In addition, she founded the Eva Perón Foundation which started a nursing school for women in order to get more women into the workforce. The foundation also built hospitals around the city. Her legacy was especially devoted to helping the working class gain equality in society. This can go hand in hand with the public healthcare system, especially the hospital we visited, because they dealt with many lower income families, including cases of domestic violence and drug abuse, which is much more abundant in the impoverished areas of Buenos Aires. Overall, the legacy of Evita Perón stands out as a hallmark of striving for change in all aspects of Argentine society.
Today was our last full day in Argentina, and it seems like the past two weeks have just flown by. We gave our final presentations about our different topics in healthcare this morning, and then ended the day with an authentic Argentine dinner for our last group meal of the trip. It has been an amazing two weeks with this group of people, and I am extremely thankful for the experience!