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In march 2015, the Barceló Foundation launches the project FARMASOL (solidarity based pharmacies) to facilitate the access to medicines for the poorest populations in Africa in two different ways: usually charging the nominal value of the medicines but, when patients can not afford to buy them, supplied at no cost.
In addition, the mallorcan institution also aims to influence health habits and health awareness in the local population, so in all of the pharmacies a local official is appointed to visit the nearest villages and educate them on issues of disease prevention or does it directly in the hospitals.
In the first phase of the project 5 solidarity based pharmacies have been opened: 2 in Uganda, 2 in Ethiopia and 1 in Chad. Nowadays all of them are at full capacity, which allows 100.000 patients to improve their health and living conditions. The total budget of the project amounts to 210,000 €.
FARMASOL program aims to:
The Foundation selects a location amd hospitals or medical centers operated by local authorities to ensure the continuity and success of the project.
Then, it becomes responsible for the construction and / or rehabilitation of the pharmacies when it’s necessary, supplies them with the appropriate medicines, trains the staff responsible for both pharmacies and educational talks and directly controls the management of pharmacies therefore ensuring the success of the initiative.
In march opens the first based pharmacy in Saint Peter & Saint Paul health center, in Uganda. The medical center is located in the district of Lamwo, north of the country, 550 km. from the capital, Kampala.
Managed by the congregation of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, the center has 56 beds and serves more than 8,000 patients each year.
After an intense month of work, the Foundation has carried out the renovation of the room that welcomes the first based pharmacy, in addition to bear the costs of repairing the ambulance center. It has also supplied the pharmacy with the necessary medicines for the entire 2015 and has been responsible for going to the rural communities to give talks on hygiene and health education.
In october starts the third solidarity based pharmacy in the health center Life Care Clinic in Uganda. The medical center is located in Nakaseke, located about 66 km northeast of the capital, Kampala.
After an intense month of work, the Foundation has built an adjoining room to the house to placed the pharmacy and supplied the medicines needed for its correctly performance. It has also recruited and trained a nurse responsible to supply medicines to the patients.
Here in Nakaseke, we have installed the “food for meds” program, through which patients can pay for medicines “in kind”. For example, exchange the fruits of their harvests for medicines.
Continuing with its commitment to improve the health of the most disadvantaged populations, in March 2018 the Barceló Foundation provided the necessary annual medication to the Health Center of Abedober, Uganda, located in a rural area about 400 km north of the capital, Kampala.
Managed by the Catholic Diocese of Lira and the Catholic Medical Office of Uganda, the center has problems getting the necessary medication to treat all of its patients, which are estimated to range between 3,000 and 3,500. For this reason, the Foundation has decided to provide the necessary medication for one year for the proper functioning of the center.
In june, the second based pharmacy opened in Ethiopia in the health center Daniel Comboni, in the village of Guteabakuna.
Managed by the combonian missionaries Nieves and Teresina, the medical center has 15 employees and serves an average of 9,000 people each year.
After an intense month of work, the Barceló Foundation has hired and trained the expert who will manage the pharmacy, Yosef Awfo of 23 years, and has supplied the necessary medicines until the end of the year. In addition, after checking that much of the population suffers podoconiosis (inflamative foot disease), the Foundation has also hired Daguitu, who will organize briefings in the nearest villages about how to prevent this foot disease.
The last pharmacy of this 2015 has opened in Ethiopia, more specifically in the Maids of Poor Hospital located in Pawe, about 500 km from the capital Addis Abeba. In addition to accommodate a hospital room to host the pharmacy and distribute the necessary medicines, the Barceló Foundation has hired and trained Asenafi Wabnore, 19 years old, as the technician responsible for the pharmacy.
The second pharmacy of 2016 has been installed in the Abobo Health Center, a small town of 4.000 inhabitants located in the region of Gambella (western Ethiopia). In recent years, cases of child malnutrition have significantly increased. For this reason, the Barceló Foundation has supplied the necessary medicines for children to the health center for the whole year and has funded health campaigns in 14 nearby villages to ensure comprehensive care of children and prevent future illnesses.
The third pharmacy has been installed in the Clinic of Angar Akababi, located in the Valley of Angar Guten (north of the town of Nekemte). Runned by the Missionary Communituy of Sant Paul the Apostle since 1993, it includes the clinic and two health posts in the villages of Andode and Fite Bako, where an average of 1.500 patients are attended each month.
In this case, the Mallorcan entity has provided the necessary drugs for an entire year to the clinic and has subsidized preventive talks on health maternal and child health to parents and on the treatment of diseases common in the area, such as malaria and tuberculosis .
The fourth pharmacy was installed at Le Bon Samaritain Hospital, located in N’Djamena, the capital. Malaria is one of the worst diseases afflicting the country, in fact 584,000 people die each year from Malaria. Therefore, in this case, antimalarial drugs have been provided to be distributed to 13 health centers across the country to treat approximately 35,000 patients.
The fourth pharmacy of 2016 was installed in the Hospital of the village of Goundi, a small town located 700 km. southeast of N’Djamena, capital of Chad. Its main focus is on combating infectious diseases in the area, such as tuberculosis, dysentery, diarrhea and gastric ulcer, as there is a high mortality among patients when not receiving adequate medication. For this reason, the Barceló Foundation has provided the necessary antibiotics for a whole year, which in addition to supplying the hospital will also be distributed among 10 health centers nearby within a radius of 10 to 50 km.
The first pharmacy in 2016 is located in the Rehabilitation Center in Karagwe, one of the six districts of the Kagera region, in the northeast of the country. The Foundation has enabled the room that houses the pharmacy and has supplied the necessary medicines for all of 2016, since the government of the area has no budget. Thus, the pharmacy will supply medicines to the rehabilitation clinic and also to the outpatient clinic in charge of detecting new cases of disabled people.
The last pharmacy opened in 2016 is a mobile clinic located in the district of Turkana, in northern Kenya, more specifically in the town of Kaikor. The lack of sanitary facilities in the area means that the life expectancy is only of 47 years and the infant mortality rate is very high. For this reason, our pharmacist and project manager, Amelia Fornés, together with the Marianiatas Sisters (Congregation working in the area) have started the project of the mobile clinic that will provide medical assistance to 20 villages, that is, about 30,000 inhabitants approximately. A driver, a nurse and a translator of the Turkana ethnic group will periodically visit these 20 communities to provide care for the sick and address the severe child malnutrition that affects the area.
In 1995, aimed at providing free medical and health care to needy and underserved populations in Latin America and Africa, Barceló Foundation created the Program for International Medical Assistance (AMI).
From the time of conception until the present day, the AMI has served more than 550,000 people, in countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Kenya. Thanks to the success of the Barceló Foundation such people have had access to proper medical assistance, and have freely received the medicines needed for their treatment. Many of these people have also been able to undergo some form of surgical intervention, that they almost certainly could not have had access to if the Barceló Foundation hadn’t have intervened.
In addition, thanks to the collaboration of the Barceló Foundation, patients with particularly life-threatening diseases, and injuries, which because of economic or technical lack in the region could not have otherwise been resolved, have been successfully moved to various hospitals in Spain, where treatment has been provided.
The AMI Program aims to:
The work mainly taking place in the area of Campocielo and Lepaterique. Here, we are working in areas inhabited by very vulnerable and, in many cases, totally unstructured family groups. The Foundation works on a regular basis in the San Juan Bosco Clinic, in Tegucigalpa’s suburbs and in the Lepaterique Health Center, as well as other small health care stations.
Medical assistance tasks are performed mainly in the area of San Rafael del Sur, Managua and Masaya, where the health centers of Masachapa, San Rafael, El Crucero, Villa del Carmen y el Hogar de San Antonio de Masaya, are located; as well as other rural health care stations, such as Gutiérrez Norte, San Pablo, San Cristóbal, El Salto, San Cayetano, San Isidro and San Pablo.
In this country, the Foundation collaborates with Kanzenze’s Hospital, run by the Pureza de María Congregation, through various actions such as the provision of materials and medical equipment and the refurbishment of its facilities.
Here, the Barceló Foundation collaborates by donating medicines for the proper functioning of Saint Joseph of Bébédjia’s Hospital, located in the region of Eastern Logone.
The work of the Foundation is mainly in the area of Turkana, by the lake of the same name, in the Northern region of the country. The Barceló Foundation funded during a year, for example, a mobile clinic to reach people in villages located 100 kilometers away from the nearest health center. In addition, along with the Missionary Community of Saint Paul the Apostle, the Foundation has supported and collaborated in an ophthalmic campaign, in which volunteer doctors have moved to the area of Turkana to serve the residents of the area affected by major eye deficiencies and provide quality training to doctors and other local health care professionals. For this purpose, the Foundation has launched a program of Scholarships for Training, to improve the training necessary to teach local professionals, and thereby ensure the sustainability of the project in the coming years.
Activities in Rwanda have focused on improving the functioning of the nutritional and health care center at the hospital run by local Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts in Rukara’s Mission.
We are looking for practitioners with specialties in pediatrics, surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, and general medicine. The minimal stay is two months for the general practitioner and one month for specialists. Preference will be given to professionals being able to remain for a longer period. The ticket fares and
Volunteer accommodation is provided by the Foundation, as well as a monthly salary (to be discussed).
To apply, please submit via e-mail your resume (CV), with a recent photo and a photocopy of your Professional Qualification and title to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure you to indicate both availability and country/regional preferences.
Construction of a health care center in Dschang.
Purchase of medicines for Bebedjia Hospital, Chad.
External pharmacy for Gambo’s General Hospital, Shashamane, Ethiopia.
Support for surgery of seventy children with cleft lip.
Support for the Maternity hospital in Kanzenze, specializing in the treatment of AIDS sufferers, and the establishment of a rehabilitation room.
Medical insurance for poor families in Rwanda.
Improving the Sagrada Familia’s health care center facilities, in Sabana Yegua.
Strengthening maternal and childcare health. Networking the provision of first-aid kits in Pueblo Nuevo.
Improvement of living conditions of vulnerable people in Yaoundé.
Helping orphan and malnourished children in the Bendone area.
Improving health care in the Gonzagueville clinic.
Training program for healthcare professionals from various hospitals in the country.
Strengthening of diagnostic services, primary care, treatment and education in Medical Clinics. AMI had worked in the capital of Guatemala and in the departments of Chimaltenango and Solola, especially in the San Pedro Laguna clinic and San Juan Hospital of Rhodes, taking care of patients from different coastal villages of Lake Atitlan, San Pedro La Laguna, Panajachel, San Marcos La Laguna and other local regions.
Health Program development in El Caserio, El Niño.
We operate mainly in the Altagracia region. Hospitals, such as Higüey, El Seibo, Nisibon and Yuma, and health care centers such as Santana, Boca Yuma, La Enea, El Berón, El Bonao and Otra Banda, and the surrounding rural areas like Los Negros, Juanillo, El Chácaro, Jobo Dulce, Cabo San Rafael, Kini-Kini, Campo Nuevo, El Romanito, Verde, Palo Bonito, Príncipe, El Doce, etc. All of the above health care centers currently receive, or have received direct medical assistance from the Barceló Foundation.
Improving the quality of life of the Haitian population affected by HIV / AIDS in the slums of Port-au-Prince.