RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Converted from a bus into a health care center, the Expreso Esperanza travels from early in the morning to different localities in rural Uruguay, taking its "humanitarian medicine" to over 5,000 people.
Amid small talk, laughter and jokes, its staff sets off from the border town of Rivera, in the north of the country, to one of the over 20 destinations they visit.
On roads where the green landscape is dotted with hills, plantations and animals, the health care workers travel up to 3 hours to visit what some of their patients call "their family . . .