The challenges of the pandemic around the world continue and have only made things worse in Venezuela. Of the total deaths there, 33% are health professionals, compared to 1-5% for the rest of the world. Malnutrition has also worsened in the country. Because of this, during Q3 we mainly focussed on delivering PPE to health centres to prevent COVID19 contagion and on continuing and expanding our food programmes.
Healing Venezuela has provided basic protective equipment to hospitals and institutions designated by the Venezuelan government to treat COVID19 patients. To date, we have sent 385 face shields, more than 3,000 masks and 100 gallons of disinfectant. Also, we have expanded our network of health centres to include remote areas in the countryside.
We resumed the food programme in Caracas and in Guaraunos, a village in Sucre state, feeding 150 children every month. Recently we started also sending medical supplies. On a quarterly basis, the children get a medical examination to make sure they keep healthy.
During Q3, we trained 132 doctors in mental wellbeing techniques including breathing and meditation. Through our social media, we continue delivering online meditations 4 days a week in Spanish accessible to Venezuelans across the world.
Because junior doctors play a crucial role in state hospitals, during Q3 we continued to pay a monthly grant to 120 doctors. We have also provided them with extra PPE to face the pandemic. At the moment, we have beneficiaries in 5 hospitals in 3 states of Venezuela.
Equipment repair and maintenance
We restarted the maintenance programme for the 3 water treatment plants we have installed in hospitals in Caracas. We also offered training courses to the staff in charge of the equipment, to allow them to check the quality of the water on a quarterly basis.
During Q3, the pregnancy prevention programme restarted with the COVID19 safety measures in place. Thanks to this programme, 85 teenagers, (with their parents’ consent) and 141 adults can now choose when to become pregnant.
During the pandemic, we thought it was important to help Venezuelans (and Spanish-speaking people in general) to keep healthy both mentally and physically through our programme of webinars and Q&A sessions online.
How we did it
Healing Venezuela is run entirely by volunteers and its main strength is the fantastic group of people who support our work and help us keep on growing. Thanks to them, we staged sports events, such as bicycle rides, to raise funds. We also had some helpful coverage in the Metro Newspaper. Despite the difficulties of operating in the pandemic, we have now officially opened branches in France and Spain. As always, many thanks to you all!
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These have been very challenging times and our operations have been significantly affected. We have taken the opportunity to review our projects and to identify better ways to execute them.
The peak of the Covid-19 in Venezuela could take place between June and September 2020, according to a study recently published by the Venezuelan Academy of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
It's difficult to grasp the scale of the change we have been going through in the last few months. The new challenge imposed by Covid-19 will test yet again the impoverished and defenceless Venezuelan population.
On February 26th at the Virgin Money Haymarket Lounge in London we had our Annual General Meeting where we discussed our results for 2019 and our goals for 2020.
2019 was a fantastic year at Healing Venezuela with income growth of 40% and a corresponding increase in the support we can give to Venezuela. As ever, we are truly grateful for the generosity of our donors.
During the summer Healing Venezuela continued working and have some good news to share. Read the summary of what we have achieved thanks to your support.
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2019
Although the political conditions in Venezuela continue to be uncertain, we’ve had a very successful quarter thanks mostly to our donors and our Venezuelan partners.
The news from Venezuela is bad and not getting any better. Refugees have overwhelmed the region's neighbours, blackouts have produced more disruptions and deaths, and the political scene -which seemed clearer at the beginning of the year- is as confusing as ever.
On the 15th of January at the Royal College of Surgeons in London we had our AGM where we presented 2018 results. It was a very exciting opportunity to meet old and new friends and to share with them our achievements and the challenges we face in 2019 both in Venezuela and in the UK.
At the end of a very successful year at Healing Venezuela, we are humbled by all the support and solidarity we have received from so many of you. Too many to mention in a short email.
At the end of the third quarter, Venezuela continues its downward spiral, but international pressure is mounting and the Government is starting to show some signs of openness to foreign aid. As always, we hope that the country will recover soon.
As you might have read in the press and social media, at the end of the second quarter of 2018, the news from Venezuela is alarming. Our families and friends there are struggling to cope with the crisis and the less fortunate are facing the worse humanitarian crisis that our country has ever had. We, at Healing Venezuela, are determined to make a difference and here is a summary of what we have achieved to in the second quarter of 2018.
We had a successful first quarter, both from a fundraising point of view and because we achieved our objectives.
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