Lake Titicaca, the world's highest lake at 13,000 feet (4,500 metres) up the Andes mountains in South America, is one of the most isolated areas in the world.
GV: hospital ship arriving at dock on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.
GV PAN: people waiting on shore.
GV: ship approaching shore.
SV: children going aboard.
SVs: other villagers going aboard. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: man being examined.
SVs: Patient's blood being analysed. (6 shots)
SV: patient handing specimen to doctor.
SV: patient receiving medicine from doctor.
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Background: Lake Titicaca, the world's highest lake at 13,000 feet (4,500 metres) up the Andes mountains in South America, is one of the most isolated areas in the world. The people who roam its shores might never see a doctor from one end of the year to the other -- except for an unusual project launched by the government of Bolivia, one of the countries boarding Titicaca.
SYNOPSIS: If the people cannot get to a doctor, the doctor will come to the people. In this case, it's a team of doctors aboard a roving hospital ship called the 'Julian Apaza', named after the Indian hero who was dismembered by the Spanish conquistadors for his stand against them in defence of the native population. The idea is to take medical and dental treatment to people who have not got the chance for it otherwise, owing to the remoteness of the area. Native Indians come from all around the lake to specially-built docks -- many of them never having had any treatment other than from tribal herbalists. Last year, a laboratory was added to the ship's facilities -- enabling doctors to carry out on-the-spot diagnoses.
Since the start of the service five years ago, more than twelve thousand people have received medical and dental treatment.