Vital Communications Link in Remote Areas
Barrett Communications continues to support Unidad 4×4 in its efforts to respond to natural disasters in Peru.
Winters in the Peruvian Andes have become progressively more extreme in recent years and Unidad 4X4 identified villages in the Yauyos province, at over 4,700m altitude, which needed extra support. In August 2018, eight 4×4 vehicles and 30 volunteers, including doctors, embarked on an aid mission to the villages of Huarmicocha, Betania and Cacra, assisting 245 local people by providing food, warm clothing, blankets, rubber boots and medicines. The volunteer doctors provided much needed medical attention to the community.
Following the success of the Yauyos province mission, the Unidad volunteers remain aware many other villages that require support and this sparked the planning of Yauyos Humanitarian Mission Phase II in November 2018 and Phase III in April 2019. Phase II focused on the most remote and isolated communities and people around Huarmicocha, Poroche and Betania, and Phase III on communities around Huarmicocha and Bethany. These villages can only be reached on foot and could not be attended to in the previous mission due to their remote locations and lack of a reliable communications link. This link has now been provided using a Barrett 2090 HF manpack radio that allowed volunteers to maintain communications from these remote communities.
The mission has extended to include establishing an emergency radio listening and monitoring service, with a station in Chaclacayo, Lima and Pisco, Ica. On 12 March repeated calls were heard requesting medical care for a pregnant woman in Viscatan. After repeated transmissions and no response, the radio operator questioned openly if anybody was receiving the call. As no response to the transmission was made, Anibal Paredes of Unidad 4×4 stepped in, advising that he had heard the call, explaining who he was and offering to forward the message. A doctor was contacted and an ambulance sent, immediately departing for Viscatan two hours away. Both mother and baby received the medical care they needed. Mr Paredes commented “[…] we are pleased to have the two stations but we are keen to add additional stations in the future.”
“Unidad 4×4 and Mr Paredes’s passion to help these people in some of the most remote parts of the Peru has to be commended. The work they do is making a real difference in the lives of the people they support,” observed Barrett Communications’ CEO, Andrew Burt, adding “the company is proud to support Unidad 4×4.”