Clinic in Brisas - Shortfall Appeal

Help keep the doors open of the clinic in Brisas del Mar, Colombia

Clinic in Brisas - Shortfall Appeal
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This project will only receive pledges if at least £1,000 is pledged by Wed 31 Jan 2018

The clinic in Brisas del Mar, IPS Clinton Rabb , is in urgent need of funds to keep its doors open for the next six months. The clinic provides essential health services to the 3000 people in the villages of Brisas and those around it - comprising an exam room, a labor and delivery room (also used for minor surgery), a dental office, a pharmacy, and a room for overnight stays.

The next nearest health center is 14 miles away by dirt track - a journey which can take over two hours in rainy conditions, and which is usually only passable by motorbike. If the residents of Brisas are fortunate to make the journey successfully, they are often denied access due to the discrimination that is rife against indigenous and black people.

Please help us to keep the clinic operating, while we seek both government assistance and funding from other donors. It costs 6500 USD (5000 GBP) per month to run the clinic: approximately 5000 USD (3800 GBP) to cover the salaries for a doctor, bacteriologist, dentist, pharmacist, nurse plus administrative and maintenance staff; and 1500 USD (1200 GBP) to pay for medicines, electricity costs and other needed materials.

About the work of the Methodist Church in Brisas del Mar

Colombia is the fourth largest economy in South America. Recently, a peace treaty was signed after half a decade of armed conflict and the country is renowned for some of its innovative social projects.

But this success story does not ring true for all Colombians. The Methodist Church works in areas, such as Brisas del Mar, where an entire generation has been wiped out by the armed conflict - in this municipality alone, the government has found 42 mass graves. These villages have no latrines, no sources of potable water, malnutrition is common and there are no government health services. Indeed, Afro-Colombians and indigenous people are often discriminated against and denied their basic rights when attempting to access government healthcare.

Commercial healthcare providers lack the incentive to operate in these areas and corruption is rife among local government. Centrally-run health education campaigns don’t reach the most vulnerable and when they do, the health messages are often inaccessible as most of the population have no more than 5 years of schooling and their functional literacy is severely limited.

Coupled with the cost of transportation and the state of dirt roads, people don’t address their symptoms until they become severe. It is this absence of health awareness and delay in seeking initial care that leads to irreversible damage and the development of chronic conditions, and which makes the cost of any subsequent care prohibitively high. Medical costs plus the loss of income due to bad health move households which are already poor into extreme poverty.

Our work addresses the issues of community health education, diagnosis, treatment and livelihoods - trying to break the perpetuating cycle.

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £20 or more

20 GBP funds the fuel and other running costs of our generator for one week. This is essential to provide continued refrigeration of drugs and power for machines such as ECG and echography. You'll receive a certificate (via Email) to print to recognise your support.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2018

Pledge £40 or more

40 GBP provides a week's worth of medication: antibiotics, de-worming tablets, and anti-venoms for the poisonous snakes which lives in the nearby fields, amongst others. You'll receive a certificate (via Email) to print to recognise your support.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2018

Pledge £100 or more

It costs 100 GBP to employ a nurse for a week. Our nurse works both in the clinic and also visits houses in the community to provide antenatal and childhood development checks and general health screening. You'll receive a certificate (via Email) to print to recognise your support.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2018

Pledge £380 or more

380 GBP pays the costs for a week of our on-site doctor who is available 24/7. She performs diagnosis, treatment and referrals, delivers babies, and travels to houses for complicated and very urgent cases. You'll receive a certificate (via Email) to print to recognise your support.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2018

Pledge £5000 or more

5000 GBP covers all of the costs of the clinic, and allows us to keep our doors open for one full month.

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Estimated delivery: 1 February 2018