The US provides all sorts of services to the poor in Latin America through the Peace Corps, US AID, and the US military. I can only imagine how detrimental this news might be to their mission.
Think about the Peace Corps.
Health Volunteers work with local governments, clinics, nongovernmental organizations, and communities at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, awareness, and prevention programs in public health, hygiene, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS. Whether playing the role as catalyst for health education or teaching in the classroom, they are limited only by the creativity of the community and the Volunteer.Or, how about the Southern Command's USNS Comfort? Here's the 2009 description of the Comfort's activities
Medical /Dental services provided:
The primary focus of the medical teams was to provide a range of health care services ashore. On a case-by-case basis, select patients received medical or dental care on the ship.
The Continuing Promise teams partnered with local health care providers and community officials to provide free medical care to communities with limited access to medical treatment.
These services included general surgery, ophthalmologic surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, veterinary services, and public health training (plus additional specialties as applicable). Follow-up treatments were arranged with local medical professionals.