During the month of August 2018 a group of 40 doctors, including specialists and medical volunteers, will assist more than 3,500 people from 12 indigenous communities of La Gran Sabana in Venezuela. All epidemiological data and biological samples necessary to determine the health problems of the population will be collected and the necessary medicines will be given to treat the detected diseases.
According World Health Organization more than 400,000 cases of malaria have occurred during 2017 in Venezuela, most of them in Bolivar and Amazonas State. Hundreds of indigenous children have died due to measles, respiratory diseases and diarrhea this year. The lack of doctors and medication in indigenous territory is widespread and there is a mortality that is not registered. This project will provide medical care and medicines to more than 3,500 indigenous people.
Fundacion Nativo will take doctors, medicines and medical supplies to provide medical assistance to 12 isolated and hard to reach indigenous communities. It will collect biological samples and analyze them. It will diagnose the diseases of the indigenous population and give medicines to cure them. It will analyze water and human tissues to detect contamination by mercury due to illegal mining and will give first aid workshops to people in the communities to reduce mortality.
We will provide medical care to more than 3,500 people in 12 isolated and hard-to-access indigenous communities for the first time. Never before they have been attended by doctors and, much less, received workshops for first aid. This will allow us to know what kind of diseases this population suffers and treat them properly, as well as reduce mortality due to infectious diseases and accidents that do not receive timely attention, and reduce cases of malaria.