As our journey has wrapped up, each day becomes more bitter sweet than the other. The past two days have been great. On Thursday, we split up into groups and both got the chance to tour two public hospitals in Buenos Aires. My group got to see Hospital Materno Infantil de San Isidro. This hospital was specifically for women and children, practicing in pediatric care, child birth and oncology. The Hospital was in a relatively wealthy area, however its funding lacked and that was shown by the inside. We were able to take a tour and talk with the head of nurses, Sarah Green on how the hospital was run and plans she would like to implement to make it better. After our hospital visits, we all met back up at Austral and discussed some key differences between the two hospitals our respective groups had visited. It seems that the other group had seen a much more advanced public hospital. After our discussion, we enjoyed a great lunch at the Evita Peron museum followed by a peaceful walk through the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens. Our day concluded with an awesome tour of the Evita Peron where we learned so much about her life and all that she did for the country of Argentina during her life.
For those who may not know Evita Peron, she was the wife of Argentine president Juan Peron during the mid 1900s. Despite her husband holding the highly regarded position, the people of Argentina loved Evita even more. Evita was responsible for several social movements in Argentina regarding the rights of women and giving them the same rights to vote and work that men had.
Regarding Evita’s affect on Argentina’s public healthcare, she played a monumental role in establishing hospitals, especially for women and children and also creating the role of the nurse who can operate independently from a doctor that we saw at our public hospital today. Evita and her foundation but a great emphasis on taking care of children and assuring that every child was raised healthy. Hospital Materno Infantil shared the exact same value of serving children. The hospital turned no child away just as Evita did with her orphanage. Evita was also responsible for the creation of 12 hospitals throughout the country. These hospitals provided free treatments, supplies and medicine to all of its patients. The public hospitals that we discussed today and the rest of the public hospitals in Argentina also provide this form of free care. Evita developed a nursing school to give women more jobs and allow nurses to operate independently due to scarcity of doctors. As we discussed hospital Fernandez it seemed that they had a lack of doctors throughout the back half of their day and we also learned that nurses at Hospital Materno Infantil can perform several tasks independently. Walking throughout Materno Infantil I noticed a significantly higher amount of nurses than doctors. We also learned from Sarah Green the head nurse that they are constantly teaching nurses much like one of Evita’s teaching hospitals she created.
Evita put a great emphasis on care for children and women as well as care for the poor throughout her life. In my visit to Hospital Materno Infantil I noticed a great deal of care for women and children, while also seeing an insanely high amount of female nurses. All 3 points Evita made in her time as a first lady. I also noticed that the treatments at the public hospitals was free which Evita also created to give everyone adequate care. Evita Peron was a woman who cared for her people and demanded equality. She is responsible for several movements in Argentina and her fame to this day has won her the tile of Mother of Argentina.