Nov 12, 2020

Fighting malnutrition

patient at the pediatric center
patient at the pediatric center

Dear donor, please accept our heartiest greeting.  Thank you very much for your donation, we truly appreciate your commitment to our mission of offering quality  pediatric care services to the children population in need, living in the underserved communities of the Punta Cana region.

Regarding the medical care provided to the population, we continue implementing the corresponding health and safety protocols, due to “new normal” caused by the covid-19 epidemic.  Likewise most of the activities (meetings, trainings) are being carried out using virtual platforms 

The isolation measures imposed by the Dominican Government to counteract the spread of covid-19, gave way to the temporary modification of the offer of medical services, but currently all the medical services are available (as the  pandemic  is being controlled in the DR) except the dental service, given that a new dental chair and an air sterilizer are necessary to meet the new health and safety protocols.  

The patient service hours are from 8:00am to 4:00 pm, from Monday to Friday, except the 24-hour emergency service (every day, including weekends and holidays).

 In the last 3 months, 4426 patients have been treated:

  • Outpatient consultations : 2414
  • Emergency: 2012

We have been developing a program to fight malnutrition,  which is the result of insufficient food consumption and the repeated appearance of infectious diseases, it can be chronic, acute and malnutrition according to the body weight. Malnutrition means having a body weight that is lower than normal for your age, being shorter than your age (growth retardation), being dangerously thin, or being deficient in vitamins and / or minerals.

At our pediatric center the “Healthy Child” program is carried out, which provides follow-up to the development of children under 5 years of age with nutritional deficiencies. This program is executed through an alliance with the entities Sanar una Nación and Unicef  and benefits the children of the community of Verón and surrounding areas (524 patients in the last 3 months) who not only receive therapeutic food according to their age and condition; but also the specialized services of medical personnel, who have been trained in the use of new tools for measuring acute malnutrition.

 Please see the two pictures attached 

In the upcoming months we will keep you updated on the progress of our project. If you have any comment, advice or question, please let us know and we will respond as best we can.

These are hard times but “United we are Stronger”, better times will come !

 Thank you very much again for your support ! 

Best wishes !

Malnutrition diagnoses and treatment training
Malnutrition diagnoses and treatment training
Oct 22, 2020

The 2020 Ridgway's Hawk nesting season is the most successful so far!

Ridgway's hawk (Buteo ridgwayi)
Ridgway's hawk (Buteo ridgwayi)

It’s October and the Ridgway's Hawks are officially taking a recess from their busy nesting season. We usually continue to monitor them to make sure that they are still in their territories and in optimum health. As the 2020 nesting season is officially over, we're beyond excited to announce that this has been the most successful nesting season in Puntacana so far.

During the 2020 nesting season we monitored 18 pairs of Ridgway’s Hawks in Puntacana and 17 of these pairs attempted nesting. We observed 21 nestlings successfully fledge, of which we were able to band 18. This gives us hope for the future of Ridgway’s Hawk in Puntacana and the Dominican Republic.

With Covid 19 it has definitely been a strange year! You may be wondering how we managed to keep the project going and at the same time have our most successful nesting season in Puntacana during such a difficult time. The lions share of all the work was achieved by the locals who have been trained to accomplish this important work. Thanks to their dedication and commitment, we were able to keep working despite the pandemic and the adversities that it caused. This is why it is so important for us to keep training locals, and now our resolve to do this is stronger than ever.

As you can imagine due to COVID-19, we were unable to conduct face to face education outreach in Dominican Republic throughout most of FY 2020. However, at the start of the year, we did conduct community and school visits reaching a total of 1,600 people, of which 1,479 were first time contacts. We distributed 10 chicken coops, held 3 workshops for 34 people (19 of which were teachers) and visited 18 communities and 4 schools. While we were unable to host any Ridgway's Hawk Day activities, we did host a virtual event which included a presentation and a chance for participants to meet some of our field team in Los Limones and Puntacana. We had 17 participants for this event.

We also designed and printed several new education materials which are available in both Spanish and Haitian Creole. We continue to make progress on the text and design of our raptor-based environmental education guide which we hope to make available throughout the Caribbean, and available in Spanish, English, and Haitian Creole.

We're already preparing ourselves for the next nesting season and as you can see, great things are coming for the Ridgway's Hawk Project next year.

Ridgway's Hawk at Puntacana Resort & Club
Ridgway's Hawk at Puntacana Resort & Club
Ridgway's Hawk at Puntacana Resort & Club 2
Ridgway's Hawk at Puntacana Resort & Club 2
Jul 17, 2020

Offering health care in times of pandemic

A patient at the center for disabled childrens
A patient at the center for disabled childrens

Dear Donor, please receive a warm greeting. We are writing to express our deepest thanks for your donation, contributions from donors like you provide the financial and moral support needed to accomplish our mission of providing a quality health center to the disabled children of the deprived communities of the La Altagracia province.  

The center was opened in the community of Verón on March 2, 2020, managed by a public-private alliance led by our foundation. During its first phase, the center offers specialized medical services to boys and girls from 0 to 12 years old diagnosed with down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy; and in the next phase it will include treatment for children with attention deficit and learning disorder.

The labors were focused in the administrative area during the quarantine period ordered by the Dominican authorities due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Given the gradual normalization that is taking place in the country, the reopening and restart of the services (complying with the sanitary and safety protocols) began in the week of June 1, 2020. Total patients per week: 50 patients (after reopening), the area that is currently serving the most patients is Psychology.

  Services available from 8 am. at 4 pm. from Monday to Friday:

  • Social work.
  • Pediatrics and Nutrition
  • Psychological evaluations (over 5 years old).
  • Early Care Assessment (under 5 years old)
  • Psychometric test.
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Family therapy
  • Group Therapy.
  • Behavioral Therapy.
  • Early Care Therapy.
  • Speech therapy

 Physiatry and Physical Rehabilitation services restarted on July 1, 2020.

The main objective of the center is to integrate the families and the communities into the recovery process of the patients, with the purpose of benefiting the thousands of children with disabilities in the eastern region of the country.

There are still many needs to meet in terms of equipment,staff training and supplies. We look forward to a continuing partnership with you.

 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.

There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your support. 

Best wishes,

 

 

 
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