COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation

COANIQUEM BCF is a U.S.-based charitable foundation with the purpose of aiding the children of the world who suffer from burns, without distinction as to nationality, race, sex, origin, or religious belief. Activities that we support include: financing the integral treatment of children, involving complete physical, psychological, social and spiritual rehabilitation; causing or providing scientific and technical research and professional training in related matters; conducting educational campaigns to prevent childhood burns; developing understanding and tolerance of those who have suffered burns.
Oct 27, 2015

See Martin's Burn Rehabilitation Progress

Martin 2012
Martin 2012

The rehabilitation of a severely burned child can take years.  From the incidence of the burns and as the child's body and scars develop, doctors and other medical and therapy staff monitor the needs.  Special compression garments are provided numerous times over the years in an effort to soften and stretch scar tissue.

COANIQUEM provides free surgery and/or therapy as the child grows.

The child and his or her family also receive psychological and social care if needed to help the child feel comfortable in school and community.  If the child is not local to Santiago, room and board is provided during the period of treatment for the child and an adult family member.  On-site schooling is also provided, so that the child can keep up with his peers.

See Martin's progress over the years and support the work of COANIQUEM for as many as 8,000 children like Martin each year.

Martin will continue periodic treatment as he enters his teens.  He is already beginning to look like a "normal" young man, thanks to COANIQUEM.

Of course, the center also conducts prevention campaigns and has reduced the incidence of childhood burns in Chile. and other Latin countries.

In the meantime, Martin needs your help!

Martin 2013
Martin 2013

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Aug 3, 2015

Annual Report Shows Reduced Burn Incidents

COANIQUEM Burn Center continues to provide free comprehensive rehabilitation services to severely burned children from throughout Latin America, resulting in improved and happier lives for these children.

In the newest brochure attached here, you will see the broad range of services  -  medical, psychological, social, educational, and therapeutic.

One of the most notable statistics in the Annual Report for 2014 is the reduction in the number of children treated in both 2013 and 2014.  This is a good thing!  There may be several contributing factors, but the major reason seems to be the increased prevention activity and education conducted by COANIQUEM.  School children and their parents participate in sessions where they learn how to improve safety conditions in the home and how to avoid accidents.  Mass media presentations stress these issues.  Children's books have been created with "mascot" characters practicing safe activities.

The staff of COANIQUEM in Chile and those who have been trained in other Latin countries will continue to provide quality care, but they would much prefer to see burns prevented!  Those of us in the U.S. who support the treatment of the children also support these prevention activities.

We celebrate any number of fewer child burn victims!


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May 11, 2015

Lidia - From Tragedy to Beauty

Thanks to her treatment at the COANIQUEM Burn Rehabilitation Center, Lidia has been transformed from a disfigured child into a lovely teenager.

At the age of five, in her home in Peru, she was severly burned when her clothes caught fire by the overturning of a paraffin lamp.  She received acute care in the hospital in Peru for ten months before being admitted to COANIQUEM for continuing treatment.  She had injuries on her face, chin, neck, thorax, adomen, arms, and legs.  The interdisciplinary team designed a treatment including surgeries, physical therapy, and psychological therapy.  Due to the severity of her injuries, Lidia has undergone several reconstructive surgeries in 10 years of free treatment at COANIQUEM in Santiago, Chile.

She is now a lovely teenager able to participate in school and to socialize in her community.  Because she continues to mature, the medical team is evaluating the right time for some  further surgeries.

Lidia and her father are welcomed at Casabierta at each treatment visit.  They receive free room and board and are also provided with travel expenses. 

Lidia is one of the more severe cases treated at COANIQUEM.  But approximately 8000 children receive appropriate free treatment each year.

See the attached picture to appreciate the loving "magic" performed for these burned children.

You can help assure that these children continue to receive this care!

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