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Jul 29, 2019

High quality health care services

Pediatric Center in Veron community
Pediatric Center in Veron community

Dear Donor, may you receive a warm greeting. Thank you very much for your donation, your generosity is making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of low income families living in the  underserved communities of the Punta Cana destination, whose children are receiving quality health care services

Quality is receiving a growing attention all around the world because it is essential in every human activity. For this reason, we have the need to improve constantly and continuously the health services to best grades of quality and efficiency-efficacy. The search for quality in the services represent a challenge, and also a strategic priority for the health professionals of the center

Nowadays the clinic continues offering health prevention programs, outpatient consultations, dental care, vaccination, emergency, laboratory, nutrition program, pharmacy services, x ray services, training program. 

In this regard, as a result of the implementation of the COPE project (Oriented Client, Efficient Provider), already mentioned in the previous report, the Quality Committee then created has been working tirelessly in order to provide periodic and constant follow-up to the action plan developed. 

Relevant monthly statistics: More than 900 children vaccinated , more than 1, 400 children served in emergency unit, more than 1,500 children served in the out patients consultations 

Please see the two pictures attached.

There are still many needs to meet; we hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to make it:

  • Missing medical equipment and furniture ( diagnostic set consisting of ophthalmoscope y otoscope, pediatric sphygmomanometer, among others)
  • Periodic staff training programs
  • Periodic supply of medical supplies and medications.

We will keep you informed about the progress of the project. If you have any comment, advice or question, please feel free to direct them to us and we will answer as best we can. 

Thank you very much again for your outstanding support

All the best, 

Pediatric Center in Veron community
Pediatric Center in Veron community
Jun 28, 2019

Former fishermen committed to the Coral Restoration Program!

Coral Gardeners
Coral Gardeners

Continuing with the restoration efforts of the Fundación Grupo Puntacana, the group of coral gardeners (Fausto, Joel and Alberto) has dedicated itself to planting 264 colonies of the staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis), which represents 350.37 meters of live coral tissue, in the degraded reefs in the Punta Cana region since last March. Likewise, they supported the transplantation of 192 micro - fragments grown at the facilities of the Marine Innovation Center. Additionally, they have contributed with the evaluation of 12 of 61 coral transplant sites, which will help a more effective restoration of those sites that have been suitable to continue restoring them. Finally, the coral gardeners have been collaborating with other scientific restoration projects in charge of interns or volunteers of the CIM, with the purpose of improving the techniques and methodologies of the restoration efforts that the Foundation is currently carrying out.

Coral Gardeners 2
Coral Gardeners 2
Coral Gardeners 3
Coral Gardeners 3
Coral Gardens
Coral Gardens
Jun 14, 2019

2019 Ridgway's Hawk Nesting Season A Total Success!

Infected Ridgway hawk
Infected Ridgway hawk

It´s June 5th of 2019 and Ridgway’s Hawk nesting season is almost over. After a few busy months monitoring these hawks, we´re beyond happy to see the progress they have made in the first half of 2019. In Punta Cana alone we have a total of 18 pairs of hawks - including a brand-new pair we found this year. We also have observed several juveniles (hawks that hatched during last year’s nesting season), which gives us great hope for the future of the species. Though some pairs are still incubating eggs and others are caring for nestlings, the pairs at Punta Cana have fledged 10 young so far this year.

The population in Los Haitises National Park is also doing very well. Our local teams continue to work hard to find nesting pairs, treat young for parasite infestations, and educate locals about the importance of the hawks. Because of their amazing efforts, we expect nest productivity rates to be the same or even better than last year. We will have a better idea of final numbers at the end of breeding season.

One of the main threats to Ridgway’s Hawk survival is the infestation of nestlings by botflies (Philornis sp). The botfly larvae burrow under the nestlings’ skin and feed on their tissue, muscle and blood. In order to better understand the prevalence of Philornis in Punta Cana, we conducted a planned experiment, wherein we left the first five hawk nests untreated for Philornis, to see if nestlings would remain unaffected. After closely monitoring those nests we noted that the majority of the nests were parasitized and just a few chicks survived. As expected in Ridgway’s Hawks, which often lay replacement clutches, most of the pairs that had failed in their first nesting attempt are now incubating for a second time. We have treated those nests and so far, they´re doing very well. Also we continued developing less invasive techniques to treat nests and continued working to identify natural repellents for this parasitic fly. So far, tobacco has shown promising results and we will be conducting further experiments under semi-controlled conditions in the next few months.

Another important threat to Ridgway’s Hawks is human persecution. So, a large part of our program involves environmental education efforts. This year, we visited several communities around Punta Cana and Los Haitises National Park - including a few new ones. It is always exciting to see how interested people are in learning more about Ridgway’s hawks and their importance. As usual, during the last week of May, we celebrated “Ridgway’s Hawk Day” with a number of activities and presentations in several different communities close to Punta Cana and Los Haitises National Park. Most notably, we worked with over 220 students at Escuela Basica de Juanillo. During the event, the kids had the chance to play some conservation-oriented games and paint nature-themed portraits of Ridgway’s Hawks and other amazing birds.  We were also joined by artist Nathalie Ramirez, who painted a beautiful mural at the entrance to the school, highlighting the beauty of Ridgway’s Hawks and the school’s pledge to protect them.

Since one of the main goals of our project is to create 3 additional populations of Ridgway’s Hawks outside of Los Haitises National Park, we are happy to announce that we have begun releasing hawks in a new area - Aniana Vargas National Park. To get ready for the releases, we first met with local community members to share information with them about the hawks, as well as to listen to any concerns or questions they might have had about the project. We couldn’t begin a reintroduction program without the full support of the nearby communities. Happily, we received overwhelming support and enthusiasm! So, our next step was to build two hack towers where we would house young hawks prior to their release. We began reintroducing young hawks to the area in late April and to date have released close to 25 hawks. So far, they are doing great. It is beyond exciting to be able to watch as these young birds quickly get used to their new home. Another remarkable aspect of this new site is that we have hired and are in the process of training five local young men and women who are working on the project. It is amazing to see how eager they are to learn, to protect this amazing bird, and to pass on what they have learned to other members of their communities.

Students projects to promote awareness.
Students projects to promote awareness.
Students from local public schools
Students from local public schools
More students working on awarenss projects
More students working on awarenss projects
Beautiful wall painting of the Ridgway Hawk
Beautiful wall painting of the Ridgway Hawk
Healthy Ridgway Hawk
Healthy Ridgway Hawk
 
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