During Q3, medical supplies were distributed to 11 centres in different regions of Venezuela. In total, 197kg of supplies were donated, which in terms of dosage (using WHO Defined Daily Dose) corresponds to 36,069 doses. Additionally, 30 kits for laparoscopy were sent to the University of Los Andes Hospital, a public hospital in Merida state, where we also sponsor 40 junior doctors. In total during the last quarter, 2077 people benefited from our medical supplies donation programme.
Healing Venezuela's food programmes in two schools in La Vega (Caracas) and Guaraunos Village (Sucre State) continued during Q3 benefitting more than 250 families with children at risk of malnutrition. Around 67,650 meals were delivered in these communities with the added positive impact of incentivising school attendance.
As part of our medical skills retention programme, we are currently sponsoring 140 junior doctors in 8 hospitals across the country. Also, to give access to up-to-date scientific information we donated to University Hospital a text: Fitzpatrick's Dermatology latest edition for dermatology students.
Hospitals' infrastructure has seriously deteriorated in Venezuela. This is why one of our key programmes is to donate/repair critical equipment. During Q3, we repaired two fridges for proteins' storage at the Vargas Hospital that had been damaged for more than a year. We also kept maintaining the water treatment plants that we have installed in hospitals' kitchens to keep providing potable water to thousands of people.
One of the many consequences of the lack of medical supplies in Venezuela is a dramatic increase in pregnancy-related mortalities. Particularly affected are teenagers with an increase of 75% in mortality rates. Since 2018, we at Healing Venezuela have been sponsoring a programme working with a local NGO to support women with their family planning journey. During Q3, 362 women, including 51 teenagers benefitted from it.
HOW WE DID IT
The last few months have been very challenging for Healing Venezuela as for any other NGO. The situation in Venezuela has not improved and the COVID19 pandemic has put a lot of strain on small charities like ours. In order to keep operating, we had a series of initiatives from selling T-shirts with Venezuelan motives to a virtual challenge on the Venezuelan Andes.
As part of our commitment to support the Venezuelan community in the UK, during Q3 we organised a virtual pop-up for entrepreneurs who are part of our BuyVenezuelan programme. During the event, vendors could showcase their products and services and then donated a small percentage of their sales to Healing Venezuela.
Particularly proud made us being nominated to 2 Charity Times Awards: Charity of the Year and Best Social Media Presence!
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2021
A successful vaccination campaign in the UK is bringing hope that at some point life here will get back to normal. But the situation in Venezuela continues to be dire and the tide of refugees is creating even more stress to health systems in neighbouring countries.
Since our last report 3 months ago, in the UK, we are seeing the light at the end of the COVID19 tunnel. But the situation in Venezuela didn't improve. In fact, it got worse.
A very difficult year comes to an end and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We at Healing Venezuela have many reasons to be grateful and positive about 2021 and would like to share with you what we could achieve thanks to your support.
Healing Venezuela interim financial accounts for the first half of 2020
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. Malnutrition has also worsened in the country. Because of this, during Q3 we mainly focussed on delivering PPE to health centres and on continuing and expanding our food programmes.
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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