Amazonia field visit

Amazonia field visit

  • Probitas Foundation travels to Ecuador and to the Colombian Vaupés to follow-up the projects run there
GLI Equador
GLI Ecuador project began in 2012 with the collaboration of UNHCR and later OXFAM Italia with whom Probitas signed a collaboration agreement in 2015. The purpose of this project was to help vulnerable populations in the border area between Ecuador and Colombia that were fleeing the fighting and instability of the country, applying an integral approach to the health needs of these communities. At the beginning, the project requested an emergency response due to an oil spill in the waters of San Miguel River, which prevented access to drinking water becoming a public health emergency.

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)
The International Collaboration Project carried out by Sinergias aims to improve prevention and control of six neglected infectious diseases in 18 indigenous communities in the rural area of Mitú, in Vaupés department located in the Amazonia region of Colombia. The project, which is part of a broader program, intends to improve access to health services with an intercultural and gender equity approach.

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.