Help For The Andes Foundation
INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE
Our wish is to reach as many adults and children alike who are still in need of aid, and to collaborate by any means possible with the reconstruction of the country and lives of its inhabitants.
The nation's President estimated that 2 million people had been affected by the earthquake and tsunami which shook the entire country on February 27th 2010. Since that day, our Foundation has provided medical supplies, equipment and hospital beds. We have formally turned over and installed a total of 600 electric beds in public hospitals, health and social services.
Our volunteers have worked to aid those in need, coordinating medical support for the hospitals in the earthquake zones, as well as distributing food, household supplies, clothing, shoes, linen, towels, shirts, diapers, fleece thermal blankets, educational books, etc.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Hospitals in the areas of Chile which were most affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami are treating a steady stream of patients. However, these hospitals are faced with shortages of medical equipment, hospital beds and supplies. Another problem is the lack of proper medical attention to patients in remote areas.
Furthermore, the earthquake and tsunami in Chile has left fishing ports and coastal communities devastated. Many fishing communities have had all their infrastructure, houses and boats destroyed, while seaside towns have been deeply affected.
How will this effort solve the problem?
We continue to provide medical equipment, beds and supplies to the hospitals with the greatest need.
Our team has also set its sights on establishing a project of mobile clinics that will bring timely health care solutions and will permit the right indication for treatment at the right time. We hope to obtain the needed funding for this project which objective is to serve the remote communities with mobile diagnostic clinics that have the equipment and medical teams to provide appropriate diagnostics and medical treatment; giving early medical attention, preventing long waiting lists or traveling distances for the patients, resulting in diagnostics done in time, that will bring timely solutions to the health problems.
Thousands of these populations are victims of curable illnesses because they don't count with the health services near by with the proper resolutive power. These inconveniences result in diagnostics that are not carried out or carried out too late, causing in many cases severe damages for the individual's health, even causing, in some cases, their death.
In a joined effort with government institutions, our Foundation directs its efforts towards building a multi-site, comprising the fishermen and their unions in the coastal area of San Antonio, 5th. Region. With this construction, we hope to improve the environment in which 30 fishermen work, and as such, benefit the entire community of San Antonio. The first floor of the headquarters will include a warehouse for fishermen to work in, while the second floor includes an area for the development of trade union activities
Above all, this initiative will provide aid in the development of fisheries, for the benefit of the fishermen and their families who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami.