Peru Responds to Monkeypox by Engaging Affected Communities

November 2022

With more than 3,000 infections to date, Peru is among the countries of the Americas that has reported the most cases of monkeypox not linked to countries in Africa, where the disease is endemic.

In May 2022, an atypical outbreak of the disease was first declared in Europe. But before the first case was detected in Peru in June, health authorities there had already begun to implement a response plan prepared with technical support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The plan includes training for health professionals in epidemiological surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, prevention, and case management for timely screening and detection of infected people. It also includes actions, in collaboration with the community, to communicate the risks of monkeypox and provide prevention tips to help people make informed decisions about their health.

"Close dialogue between health authorities, civil society and community organizations has been a fundamental part of the response to the outbreak," said Dr. Eduardo Ortega, general director of Peru's National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Disease Control.