First annual call for social action and health projects
It is aimed at social entities throughout Spain that work with vulnerable populations and that could submit a project
Challenges of social intervention in multicultural or poverty contexts.
- New approaches to tackle in the approach to mental health in children and young people.
From 15th October onwards, the terms and conditions of this call for proposals can be accessed on the Foundation's website. The deadline for submission of projects will be November 16th and the resolution of the selected projects call will take place in January.
Probitas Foundation intends to promote the healthy development of the most vulnerable children and youth people at the physical, psychological and emotional levels and therefore offers comprehensive support through nutritional resources, socio-educational, psychosocial and care resources for children at risk.
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Amazonia field visit
Probitas Foundation travels to Ecuador and to the Colombian Vaupés to follow-up the projects run there
Nowadays, the project is completed and Probitas Foundation has moved to make a follow-up visit aiming to evaluate the current situation a year since its closure and aiming to reinforce it to sine extent with:
- Offering a training workshop for the health staff of the two new laboratories (the subject should yet be decided by local health authorities).
- Recommending starring external quality controls to the laboratories that would be funded by Probitas.
- Contributing, together with the Ministry of Public Health with the budget for serving maintenance of laboratory equipment.
- Proposing an eventual installation of the GLI Software to all project laboratories to improve their internal management.
During the visit it was determined too that the laboratories in the area are performing as planned and that the health staff working there are highly motivated.
Sinergias Project (International Collaboration Project, ICP)
In this country, the visit has allowed to acknowledge the different activities that are being carried out in this second year of execution of the project. Some of the conclusions that could be drawn are that the project is working with a high level of participation of the beneficiaries as well as of the country's public health administrations and that the project's approach towards cultural integrity is being maintained.
Both projects have worked with the target populations of Probitas Foundation, such as the indigenous, isolated and very disadvantaged populations of the Peruvian and Colombian Amazonia and the trip has served, once again, to get to know the everyday reality lived by certain communities in the world.
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Interview to the external evaluator Mr. Duncan Ochieng
The external evaluator Mr Duncan Ochieng, laboratory specialist, came back to Probitas Foundation HQ to present the final evaluation results of the assessments of the laboratories in Lunsar (Sierra Leone) and Kumasi (Ghana)
You can read below the interview we made him about the process of assessing the GLI Projects mentioned above
1) First of all, which guidelines did you follow to make the evaluations?
The second tool was more specific on the technical laboratory activities.In this one I developed and checklist for laboratory assessments and this one was divided into 10 different parameters. These parameters refer to laboratories' structure, staff's competences, the activities they are doing, the biosecurity, etc. So from this, it is possible to identify the gaps in the technical activities of the laboratory.
So the findings of the second checklist will be most specific to ensure that the laboratories improve in terms of quality service. Through these questionnaires you can identify what are the areas that are not working well, which areas needs to be improved and what is need to be done. So with both tools/guidelines and the level of functional laboratory and the project itself then it's easy to identify if there are any gaps and what has been improved because of the project.
2) What can you explain of each laboratory?
Thanks to the activities that have been carried out in the project and the optimal conditions to do so many tests, healthcare staff and trainees are getting experience so they can be able to work in other laboratory's departments. In this laboratory there were working at the time I was there 7 staff, 10 students on internships and 10 national staff. One of the most remarkable things is that it has really improved the number of the tests done.
Sierra Leone (Lunsar)
3) Which problems did you find during the evaluations?
Sierra Leone (Lunsar)
4) What do you think about GLI Program?
I can conclude that GLI Program is very complete because it strengthens basic infrastructures and provides laboratory equipment; it trains local staff in diagnostic techniques and laboratory management, promotes other health programs appropriate for each context and measures the effectiveness, efficiency and impact.
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Samuel goes back home recovered from the operation
Probitas Foundation has been supporting Cuida'm program for 8 years with the aim of providing care to children and youth from countries with limited resources
Among the first six beneficiaries of 2018
His mother Lucia explains that Samuel was born with a normal left eye but when he was two the problem started. As it was not treated, more complications appeared until he lost his eye. Because of this pathology his parents decided not to sign him up in school to avoid bullying situations and as a consequence the child isn't able to express himself correctly. Thanks to the treatment he has received, his parents are now considering to enrol him in school.
In this context, Probitas Foundation is the one in charge of covering the travel expenses of the minor, accompanying person and all fees derived of the surgical intervention (surgeons, medical material, etc).
Samuel's family got to know Cuida'm program through Infancia Solidaria NGO and this organization presented Samuel case at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital. Besides, this organization is responsible for the sustenance and provides escort and emotional support services. On another hand, Petit Món foundation takes care of the accommodation of Samuel and his mother.
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World Refugee Day
More than 68.5 million people live displaced from their country of origin
On June 20th World Refugee Day is celebrated to remember these millions of people who are forced to leave their countries for warlike reasons, violence, persecution, conflicts or human rights violations. This day is celebrated since 2001, when the fiftieth anniversary of the Convention on the 1951 Refugees Statute takes place and the General Assembly of the United Nations designates June 20th the World Refugee Day as an expression of solidarity and sensitivity to all people fleeing their country.
UNHCR has published a decalogue of the most shocking figures of the refugee crisis. They are the following:
- Every minute, 31 people have to flee their home.
- This means that 1 in 110 people cannot return home.
- In the world there are more than 68.5 million people displaced by force.
- 25.4 million people crossed the borders becoming refugees.
- They flee from countries in war or conflict like Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia from where more than half of the refugees come from.
- 85% of refugees live in developing countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Uganda, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran are the mostly host countries.
- Lebanon is the country with the highest proportion of refugees: 1 in 6 people in the country.
- More than half are boys and girls.
- 173,800 minors have fled alone, without their parents or other elderly relatives. The majority from Afghanistan, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- In 2017, only 57% of the necessary funds to provide food, water, education or health for those who have lost everything were obtained to those who have lost everything.
All these data is collected in the - Global Trends – report published annually by UNHCR which includes updated information on refugees.
The time that refugees spend living outside of their countries of origin also warns about their situation. According to UNHCR, in 2017 there were 13.4 million refugees and of these, 3 million have been living for 38 years in refugee conditions. 6.9 million have been between 5 and 9 years living as refugees in other countries and 3.5 million refugees are in this situation between 10 and 37 years.
Probitas support in the refugee crisis
In this way and in line with the values upheld by the Foundation, it has continued to support projects to bolster sanitation, nutrition and physical and mental health, with the aim of improving refugees' living conditions.
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Probitas Foundation inaugurates 2 laboratories in Belize
A follow-up visit and parasitology training have also been performed
Trip's purpose was to follow up the project that consists of strengthening the capacities of clinical laboratories in the early detection, diagnosis and management of prevalent diseases in the country. More specifically, the visit served to follow up the constructions work of the infrastructures (already completed) at the Regional Hospital in Dangriga and at the Health Centre Laboratory in the south region in Santa Theresa.
On the other hand, two more laboratories in remote areas were visited to identify the needs they have and analyze the possibility to start collaboration next year together with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Belize.
Context of GLI Belize
GLI Belize main objective is to improve the country's capacity for early detection, diagnosis and guarantee the proper medical management of diseases that affect Toledo and Stann Creek communities. In addition, the challenges of improving the capacities of 3 laboratories in the center and south areas of Belize (Dangriga, San Antonio and Santa Theresa) for them to be able to offer a medical service adapted to the needs of the population in these areas.
Besides, another goal is to increase the abilities of laboratory and medical staff, as well as provide services to the most vulnerable population (mothers and children) during the most critical periods of pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
Some of the benefits to achieve are the reduction of the waiting time for the test laboratory results (aim already reached in Dangriga's laboratory), the improvement of the quality of these results and the reduction of the costs.
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Probitas Foundation travels to Richard-Toll municipality to visit ALVES project
A centre delivering school reinforcement, health, access to vocational training and nutritional support for children
Inside the project
Some of the trip goals that stand out are: identify areas for improvement through meetings with all staff involved, the community and families, to review their accounts status, to establish common procedures, to interview the new coordinator of the centre, Mr. Amadou Diack, to review the status of the AGR (Income Generating Activity, French acronym) and to study the feasibility of new proposals such as the reform of the centre track or to have a motorcycle for Social Worker and Nurse journeys. The visit also served to get in touch with its director, Mr. Ngary BA, a community leader in Richard-Toll.
ALVES project is characterized by:
- To be the only centre of these characteristics in Richard-Toll.
- It has more than 10 years of experience in helping children between 3 and 18 years old.
- Offering a wide variety of activities:
- Children Attention and psychostimulation
- School reinforcement for children in primary school
- Nutritional support
- Access to vocational training: electricity, carpentry, hairdressing and sewing
- Talibés Youth access to non-formal education, health and access to training of different careers.
- Internet cafe
- AGR (Income Generating Activity, French acronym) are activities that generate income and are proposed to centre mothers attending the centre. Among these we can find: market garden, rice decorticating machine, millet and chicken breeding. This group in particular, is also given the possibility of doing a literacy course.
- The most costly part of the project –such as infrastructure- is already covered therefore the funds can allocated to improve and innovate the activities already implemented.
- ALVES project director, Mr. Ngary BA is a community leader and a key figure in the area.
- It is a project that has more than 300 beneficiaries (children and young people) and is highly valued by all of them.
Richard-Toll municipality is located in the Saint-Louis region, on the border with Mauritania. Its population has increased from 34.00 0 inhabitants in 1985 to around 127,000 people nowadays. Due to its strategic location, Richard-Toll is a crossing area that attracts families looking to work on the cultivation of sugar cane.
Its health situation is characterized by having a population that lives, mostly, in precarious conditions where two out of three people live under poverty threshold in rural areas. In general, income does not allow them to meet all their daily health and nutrition needs. This is one of the reasons why children and young people suffer from diseases such as diarrhoea, urinary schistosomiasis, skin diseases, respiratory diseases, intestinal parasites and malaria.
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