Probitas makes donations of suerotherapy to NGOs that are active in developing countries
Azul en Acción and Cirugía Solidaria are some of the receiving organizations
The objective of Azul en Acción is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the population through the intervention in international cooperation to the development and to the humanitarian aid. To achieve this, it works in different areas of intervention such as health, education and the construction of basic infrastructures. At the healthcare level, it has been specialized in ophthalmic projects, in particular in cataract patients, an eye disease considered the first cause of functional blindness in the world. Annually, 3,000 cases of additional cataracts are detected in Senegal and half of them cannot be operated due to lack of resources, they explain. In addition to cataracts, they also treat other ocular pathologies such as Glaucoma and Pterygium and donations of corrective glasses are made to the population. In 2017 the NGO was able to attend 1,127 people, conduct 1,527 consultations and carry out 297 surgeries.
Cirugía Solidaria is the other NGO to which Probitas donates material annually for its campaigns. It is a non-profit organization and driven by the initiative of a group of health workers at the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). His 2017campaign allowed 1,285 patients been evaluated and performed 341 surgical operations and 369 interventions. On the other hand, thanks to donations, the patient's medical assistance framework has been completed and, in parallel, 5 training activities have been carried out in the field of health and nutrition, in the entire rural area of Sandiara, in Senegal.
Below you can see a video that reflects the action of Azul en Acción in Thies. Specifically, is the story of blind of birth child and who recovered his sight through surgery practiced during the campaign, which once again has received the annual contribution of antiserum given by Probitas.
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Albert Adrià and Jordi Cruz give hold a workshop on how to prepare a healthy snack with children from Raval and Hospitalet
RAI berenem junts! The event is a Probitas Foundation's initiative to promote healthy habits in children
Albert Adrià, Chef initiator and partner of the restoration group El Barri has taught around 70 students from the Ausiàs March school from L'Hospitalet to prepare a roll with turkey, lettuce, carrot and avocado so that they learn to introduce vegetables into their diet in a fun way. For Albert Adrià "it is important that from a young age, children are aware of the need to eat in a balanced way and to know they can prepare a snack in an affordable way. As a chef, it is very rewarding to contribute to promote healthy habits among children with actions such as today".
Jordi Cruz, chef at the Àbac restaurant, explained to a hundred students at the Collaso i Gil school in Barcelona how to make fruit brochettes and combine them with something as traditional and simple as bread with chocolate, oil and salt. Jordi Cruz has insisted that "the snack is one of the five basic meals that any person needs to eat in an appropriate way. In the case of minors, it is even more necessary for them to learn they can prepare it by themselves. All the habits we inculcate now to them will be a benefit in their future".
Probitas Foundation is a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote the healthy development of vulnerable children youth. For this, the RAI program (Child Nutrition Support Program) achieves it through scholarships granted to minors in a vulnerability situation. In addition, summer camps are promoted and healthy habits are encouraged in this group. In 2017, Probitas allocated more than 3 million euros to the project, which benefited more than 21,000 children.
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WHO and FIND Planning Meeting
Probitas Foundation travelled to Geneva to meet with the two organizations and establish ties to develop a work strategy to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases
2018 Call for proposals
Probitas, continuing with its main line of action based on supporting initiatives that contribute to significantly improving the health of beneficiary populations in developing countries, in 2018 aims to focus on supporting projects that address in a comprehensive manner the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of Neglected Tropical Diseases.
This strategic decision made by the Foundation will enable it to channel all its knowledge and efforts towards the achievement of a single objective: making better use of resources and generating a greater impact on the beneficiary population. In this way, Probitas joins the WHO's global effort to control, eliminate and eradicate some NTDs in 2020. In addition, the Foundation has added to the list of the 20 NTDs malaria, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis, as it considers them diseases with a highly negative impact on developing countries. At the same time, it will continue along the lines set down by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Probitas, WHO and Geneva
At the meeting with the WHO the issues addressed included the importance of the GLI Model, focused on improving prevention, early detection and innovation in treatment as part of the fight against NTDs, in collaboration with other international organisations running joint programs. Concern was expressed about the scant investment being made in the diagnosis of this set of diseases, and the lack of global understanding when it comes to raising awareness about the need to create and validate new tools and strategies for access to diagnosis. Both sides shared their points of common ground and the areas in which they can work together.
It should be noted that the WHO cooperates with all the member states to provide "support for their development in the field of health. In addition, it works with other international organizations through technical collaborations and in the implementation of health strategies, as well as towards the fulfilment of collective commitments made globally, as is the case with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Probitas, FIND and Geneva
The meeting with the FIND team, meanwhile, allowed for an exchange of knowledge, experiences on the ground, and the establishment of common objectives to initiate joint projects. FIND defined its two main lines of action, which consist of the development of new tools for the diagnosis of diseases that affect countries with low incomes, and access to these tools of diagnosis by the most vulnerable populations. One of the points underscored was the project addressing Visceral Leishmaniosis in Kenya, which FIND already has up and running, and wants to expand to two more provinces in the country. At the meeting FIND stressed the value of the "GLI Model", which is in accord with its lines of action and intervention strategies.
FIND is a non-profit that focuses on addressing the diagnosis of diseases linked to poverty, NTDs, guiding the first step in treatment. To this end they pursue the overall improvement of health through the application of their know-how, emphasising the values of responsibility, ethics and integrity in each of the actions they carry out.
Both meetings made it possible to confirm the added value furnished by Probitas and its comprehensive intervention model to improve health in the most vulnerable populations. This exchange of experiences and experience will also make possible improvement in the entire process of programme orientation, development and evaluation, through which Probitas aims to be a global leader in the diagnosis of neglected diseases, in collaboration with other international organisations already working in this field.
In this way Probitas Foundation continues to strengthen links with partners in the Global Health sector, to bolster its line of action in those territories that are affected by neglected diseases and improve the lives of people living in these most vulnerable regions.
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World AIDS Day
Each 1st December is an opportunity to raising awareness about the importance of prevention and finding about this disease
Currently, there are only three possible ways of transmitting HIV. On the one hand, sexually (unprotected sex). On the other, by blood (transfusion of contaminated blood or share contaminated sharp, needles and syringes). And finally, maternal-infantile route (during pregnancy, giving birth or breastfeeding). Despite the efforts of the global community to combat the disease, it has not found any cure or vaccine for AIDS yet.
AIDS in figures
- This year, there have been 1.8 million new HIV infections around the world.
- 54% of adults and 43% of infected children are on antiretroviral therapy (TAR) for life.
- Between 2000 and 2016 the number of new HIV infections has been reduced by 39% and deaths associated with the virus have decreased by one third. This means that during this period 13.1 million of lives have been saved thanks to TAR.
- There are population groups most vulnerable to getting infected by the virus: men who have homosexual relations, the injecting drug users, prisoners, sex workers and their clients and transsexuals.
- During 2016 the new infections for the AIDS virus in minors has been reduced to 56% in East and South Africa -the region most affected by HIV- and 47% worldwide.
- HIV infections have been reduced in boys and girls as pregnant women have undergone preventive treatment.
Recently, UNAIDS –the United Nation Organization that works to end up the AIDS epidemic-has published a report that explains the advances in access to antiretroviral treatment of people living with HIV. It notes that in 2000 only 685,000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment while in June 2017 the number is around 20.9 million people. Another scientific revelation that is underlined in the report is that it is demonstrated that "a person living with HIV and adhering to an effective antiretroviral treatment system has up to 97% less likely to transmit the virus". Thus, the antiretroviral treatment is a very good preventive strategy.
Probitas also fights against AIDS
One of them is the GLI-Peru program in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health has created the first comprehensive care model for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to adapt the national protocol to the context in which the indigenous population lives, in which resources are lacking to make an adequate diagnosis of the main diseases of the area. The project, which began in 2014, is already in the last phase of execution in which it is carried out to analyse the efficiency, efficiency and impact it has had.
The final figures of the project estimate that in Peru there are 72,000 people are living with HIV, 64% of them have the diagnosis, 55% have achieved retention in the program, 46% of people are living with it viruses have received highly active antiretroviral therapy (TARGA) and 37% have achieved viral suppression.
Finally, the results of the project, which consisted in remodelling infrastructures, laboratory equipment, training of local staff and working with the community, focus on achieving an improvement in the resolute capacity of health services, including laboratory capacity of the Condorcanqui Health Networks, Datem del Marañón for the diagnosis and timely treatment of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, which affect children and adolescents, pregnant mothers and the general population of the indigenous communities of the Amazon. The execution of the project has allowed to improve the capacities between the health personnel that during the 2016 has facilitated the registry of 134 new cases of infected by the HIV in the network of Condorcanqui.
Cooperative project in Central America
Probitas since 2015 promotes a project improves the diagnosis of TB in patients with HIV in Central America, particularly in Guatemala, which consist in to implement a Point -of- care (POC) test which is done by the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in patients with HIV. The results of this initiative are intended to guide future post-validation studies with the potential to improve the diagnosis of tuberculosis in patients who are co- infected with HIV.
Thanks to this project, which is being carried out by Ohio University in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the IDEI Foundation, it has been shown that the co- infected HIV-TB population presents a significant delay in diagnosis and a high morbidity and mortality due to the difficulty and cost of its diagnosis and treatment. Many of the HIV-TB patients do not have access to a correct treatment and follow-up and suffer from lack of infrastructure and equipment in public hospital systems. All of these join the stigma and discrimination associated with both illnesses that exacerbates the negative social and economic consequences of the people who suffer them.
Precisely this is one of the reasons that led to the entities linked to the project to establish itself as one of the main objectives of the study to reduce the time of diagnosis of tuberculosis in HIV patients and thus improve the control of follow-up of patients to improve the prognosis and reduce transmissibility. The indirect beneficiaries of the program are approximately 620,000 people infected with HIV and who live in Central America areas.
Cooperative project for vulnerable populations of the Department of Escuintla, Guatemala
The third project that Probitas Foundation supports is the prevention, diagnosis and comprehensive care of STIs, HIV and opportunistic infections in vulnerable populations of Escuintla, Guatemala. The main objective of the initiative is to improve the attention and coordination of the different Hospital services involved. The results are expected to have adequate space for the diagnosis of STIs, HIV and other infections, as well as get an improved system for recording data.
In a context starring 87.252 people affected by HIV -which represents 0.08% of the adult population- it is estimated that there are 8,908 new infections annually. The main project activities are focus on improving care coordination from the National Hospital of Escuintla through the training of health care providers of the Integral Care Unit (IAU), the clinic Barcelona and the AIDS and Society Foundation (FSIS) in communication and integrated coordination, among other actions. The direct beneficiaries of the project are 1,210 people living with the AIDS virus.
With the completion of these projects Probitas Foundation brings its values and know how to the villages that have difficulty providing access and social and health resources to their communities, thus contributing to the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest populations worldwide.
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Monitoring of the Bacteriology course at the laboratory of the Maternal and Children's Care Hospital in Kumasi (Ghana)
Probitas Foundation backs the GLI program with the support of the Microbiology Department at the Vall de Hebron University Hospital
Since its inception GLI Kumasi has adopted as its main objectives strengthening the diagnostic capabilities of the Maternal and Children's Care Hospital and providing health care to the most vulnerable rural communities, living on cocoa plantations under precarious conditions with limited access to healthcare. The effective implementation of this project will contribute, in the long-term, to reducing maternal morbidity and infant mortality rates, as well as improving the diagnosis of malaria and other serious diseases affecting mothers and children in the health centre's area of influence.
Monitoring the operation of the laboratory in relation to bacteriological diagnoses
This year the visit to the Kumasi Hospital focused on monitoring the development of the laboratory technicians' skills acquired in the previous course, as well as reinforcing knowledge of antibiotic susceptibility techniques. The specific objectives that were set during the stay were to identify the possible limitations of the laboratory with regards to bacterial microbiology, and to review the theory and practice of work with bacterial diseases, the processing of samples, the detection of bacteria, the identification of bacteria, and susceptibility tests.
Some of the strengths worthy of note with reference to current conditions at the hospital, and specified by the microbiologist on site in the territory, were:
- The work with bacterial cultures is progressing satisfactorily.
- Hospital staff are skilled and motivated in the work they do.
- The diagnosis of patients has been improved.
- The demand for cultures has increased.
- The clinical protocol is being observed.
- The appropriate antibiotics are prescribed, depending on the results of the cultures.
However, some of the most visible weaknesses detected during the visit, and which merit attention, were also highlighted:
- The request system
- The registration of test results
- The drafting of reports
- The collection of samples
After Probitas' involvement, and that of the Vall de Hebron University Hospital, it can be stated that the Kumasi Hospital has seen significant improvement in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and effectiveness in their treatment.
Going forward, what Probitas expects, along with the Microbiology department at Vall de Hebron University Hospital, is that the hospital will be increasingly less dependent on help and, little by little, self-sustaining. The local community is also expected to be even more aware of the benefits that lead to good health care, and more committed to being part of it, in order to encourage infrastructure improvements.
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Soft-GLI implementation course
Probitas Foundation receives two staff members from the Health Center Valentin de Pablo of Bamako to train them in the computer software system
In order to facilitate laboratory management, the program will allow the obtaining of epidemiological data of the population automatically and making predictions of the evolution of inhabitants' health so as to make decisions in the field of public health.
The third day, Dr. Bore and Ms. Djenebou, together with a part of Probitas team, went to visit the Grifols Biomat plant, located in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona). In there, they could learn and see how monitoring control systems works since the plasma reaches the installations (from the US and other parts of Spain and Europe) until the substance is sent to the Grifols Institute where the fractionation process keeps going up to the final products are obtained.
Bamako's Health Center context
In 2004, faced with the lack of state services, citizens proactively created Mutuelle Benkan, a non-profit group that, using membership fees, carries out general interest interventions to improve its inhabitants' quality of life. One of these is the Valentin de Pablo Health Center -supported by Probitas and the City Council through the GLI Bamako-, in line with the Ministry of Health and Social Development's program, which focuses its work on primary health care, care during childbirth and child vaccinations program.
This situation guides Probitas to get involved with the aim of improving the healthcare center conditions. Throughout the years of involvement, GLI-Bamako has given, to the vulnerable population, health access through the betterment of the clinical diagnosis. In addition, as Dr. Boré expresses, the GLI has offered the chance to enhance infrastructure at the center and offer quality medical services that effectively respond to the national healthcare policy.
The current situation
Currently, Valentín de Pablo Health Center can be considered a self-sufficient center, which has already tripled the number of vaccinations for children, has increased by 12% the number of pregnant women attended and 25.2% in medical consultations. In terms of sustainability, Probitas has facilitated the installation of photovoltaic energy that allowed lowering the electricity bill and investing more in other laboratory's costs. In regard to sanitation, sewerage has been built and a section of the TSF neighbourhood has been paved with community participation. Finally, community awareness and education activities for health have also been carried out.
Téléphone sans fils
The center Valentín de Pablo is where the first GLI program (Global Laboratory Initiative) of Probitas Foundation in 2012 was done. What led to its execution were the precarious conditions of the area in terms of health at that time. Téléphone sans fils is a neighbourhood of approximately 15,000 inhabitants, where the population lives without access to potable water, electricity and wastewater channelling. These conditions of insalubrity favour the transmission of infectious diseases, especially respiratory, cutaneous and digestive ones. Probitas' support over these years has made Bamako ‘s Health Center increasingly self-sufficient and gradually weans the support of the Foundation.
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Objective 2020: To Eradicate 10 of the Neglected Tropical Diseases
Probitas Foundation commits to the fight against this type of disease by supporting projects to eradicate them
In order to eradicate them, the WHO organizes global meetings with NTD partners, who already are working with NTD, where the latest reports on the situation are presented and milestone achievements made over the last 10 years are made known. These events also serve to maintain and increase the financial support that make possible the achievement of the objectives set for 2020 by the WHO, and also to call on members to make the most of the resources available after this date. Representatives of the Member States are expected to attend the meetings, along with donor agencies, foundations, the private sector, university officials, environment and other interested agents.
The second world meeting took place on April 19, 2017 in Geneva (Switzerland), under the motto "Collaborate. Accelerate. Eradicate". The theme referred to the turning point marked by the first global meeting of members in 2007, which emphasised global efforts to combat and eliminate diseases linked to poverty, as the WHO explains. In the year 2012 the members signed the London Declaration, in which they pledged to provide support to the WHO to combat and eliminate 10 NTDs from now until 2020.
The WHO also wishes to ensure that the treatment of NTDs is included in what is commonly considered "universal health coverage", asserting that this will only be possible when "NTD interventions are integrated into national health systems". A report published by the WHO addressing integration in the fight against NTDs and health and global development points out that through consistent political support, charitable donations of medicines, and improvements in living conditions, "programmes for the control of these diseases can be continuously expanded in the countries where they are most prevalent".
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Some 20 NTDs have been identified and defined to date. The main populations affected are the poorest residents of urban neighbourhoods and underdeveloped countries. These diseases were formerly prevalent in several areas of the world, but now are mainly restricted to tropical and subtropical regions where hygiene and sanitation are insufficient, living conditions are not adequate, and the incomes of the population are limited or low. So, they are diseases related to poverty. The 20 NTDs are the following:
- Buruli ulcer
- Chagas disease
- Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)
- Teniasis and neurocysticercosis
- Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)
- Foodborne trematodesis
- Lymphatic filariasis
- Onchocerciasis (river blindness)
- Soil-transmitted helminthiasis
- Poisonous snakebites
Unfortunately, this group of diseases still affects 149 countries and more than 1 billion people worldwide, causing severe disabilities and lifelong impairments, as described by the Universities Allied For Essential Medicines (UAEM).
Probitas's commitment to the fight against NTDs
For years Probitas Foundation has supported initiatives that significantly contribute to improving the health of the beneficiary population, whether through projects having to do with water, hygiene and sanitation, nutrition and food security, health education, community work, or directly to health care. Therefore, support for initiatives addressing infectious diseases also forms part of this wide range.
However, this year Probitas decides to focus the criteria of the International Cooperation Projects (ICP) call and center its attention supporting projects that are working entirely on the prevention (sensitization, active detection of new cases, etc.), diagnosis (provide equipment and materials for laboratories, staff training and evaluation of procedures), treatment (ensure access to treatment and carry out a massive administration of the necessary drugs), follow-up (measure the actions taken to analyze the real impact of the project ) and WASH (water and sanitation) of Neglected Tropical Diseases or also called forgotten diseases. The main reason for limiting the call is because the specialization in a specific type of projects will allow all Probitas knowledge and effort to be focused on a single objective, generating more impact, better results in the medium and long term and will benefit the population more.
The new period that starts in 2018 aims to be more solid thanks, also, to multilateral agreements with other relevant organizations, such as the case of WHO, which has proposed a strategy to control, eliminate and eradicate NTD in 2020. This is why all parties are required involved (donors and entities working in the field) to collaborate in order to reach the same objective.
In addition of adjusting on neglected diseases, Probitas adds 3 more that have a major health impact in low-income countries such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
For their part, the receiving entities commit themselves to apply the mechanisms and resources available to them to detect, treat and control the neglected tropical diseases on which their respective projects are focused and collaborate in the achievement of the global objective of ending the 10 of the 20 forgotten diseases.
Probitas projects on neglected tropical diseases
Probitas is currently engaged in different projects underway focused on the treatment of infectious diseases. These include the following:
- Improving the health conditions of children in the poorest neighbourhoods of Bacolod, Philippines, an area where the young population is very vulnerable to contracting pneumonia, asthma, diarrhoea, malaria, dengue and tuberculosis.
- In the Colombian Amazon it is carrying out a project to improve prevention and control coverage and the elimination of 6 neglected infectious diseases: scabies, pediculosis, geohelminthiasis, cutaneous larva migrans, tungiasis and ocular trachoma.
- In Cochabamba, Bolivia, a GLI program is underway to combat Chagas disease, one of the prevalent illnesses in the area.
- Also in Bolivia, but in the municipalities of Sucre, Villa Huacaya, Villa Vaca Guzman, Sapina and Comarapa, the programme seeks to consolidate the shared management model for the prevention of Chagas.
These are just four examples of projects that Probitas Foundation is working on, all designed to detect, prevent, treat and monitor neglected infectious diseases. For a complete list of projects that Probitas supports addressing neglected diseases, see the website. The "interactive map" tab on the menu contains all the latest information on each project.
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