What is it?
The Probitas Foundation was created with the fundamental goal of promoting and supporting health and development projects in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Through international aid initiatives, it seeks to improve the quality of life of communities with few resources, promoting high-quality social and health care.
In 2016, the United Nations presented its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a framework for all countries to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. Target 3.3 of the health and well-being goal includes the struggle against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
More than a million people in 149 countries suffer from at least one of the 20 NTDs included in the World Health Organization list.
The list includes a number of contagious diseases with shared characteristics: they are debilitating, often chronic, and have traditionally been ignored because they primarily affect the poorest strata of the population.
In 2018 the foundation decided to align its efforts with the WHO general guidelines and to focus its efforts on achieving target 3.3 through its International Partnership Program.
The Probitas Foundation supports the WHO's core principles of primary health care: universal access to care and coverage on the basis of need; commitment to health equity as part of development oriented to social justice; community participation in defining and implementing health agendas; intersectoral approaches to health.
Its main spheres of action are projects conducted within the framework of the fight against NTDs, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, nonfilarial elephantiasis and la sickle cell disease in the following working settings:
- Strengthening local health structures.
- Upgrading and equipping diagnostic laboratories and health centers.
- Water supply, sanitation and hygiene to prevent these diseases.
- Specialist healthcare.
- Training and education of local staff.
- Applied research to improve diagnosis and treatment.
- Vector control.
- Awareness-raising campaigns and community-based IEC (information, education, communication).
To achieve this, in addition to implementing its own projects, the Probitas Foundation allocates part of its budget to cooperating with other organizations by supporting projects designed to improve access to healthcare for vulnerable populations.
The purpose of this support is to provide financial aid to projects aimed at improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the foundation works with organizations to improve access to healthcare, sustainable resource use, adequate nutrition, food security for communities, improved access to water and sanitation, etc. In other words, the foundation supports those bodies whose ultimate goal is to improve health in communities and, as a result, to promote their development.