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The Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation (TAMRF) is pleased to announce our latest initiative and fundraising event, Viva Venezuela.

Challenge Presented

When Venezuela’s constitution was ratified 1999, the Venezuelan people were promised free comprehensive healthcare. To fulfill this promise, the Venezuelan government entered into a trade pact with Cuba to bring Cuban doctors, medicine and medical technology into Venezuelan communities. For over a decade, the system successfully provided medicine, preventative care, emergency service, surgery, cancer treatment, mental health services, dental and eye care to all Venezuelan citizens. All of these services were provided to Venezuelan citizens free of charge in exchange for oil exported to Cuba by the Venezuelan government. Venezuelans came to view universal healthcare as a basic human right, and vital to the development of a vibrant participatory democracy.

With the recent collapse in the price of oil, economic sanctions imposed by the US and the corresponding implosion of Venezuelan economy, the government’s promise of free quality healthcare for all of its citizens was broken. Although the Venezuelan government has provided few official statistics to measure the breadth of this crisis, data provided to the UN by the Venezuelan government in its appeal for humanitarian aid makes clear that Venezuela now suffers from:

  • Shortages of such basic lifesaving drugs as antibiotics, chemo-therapy drugs and even simple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Scarcity of supplies such as bandages, syringes, saline solution and gurneys.
  • Wait times for life-saving surgeries having risen to months or more.
  • A mass exodus of healthcare providers. Nearly 20% of the country’s medical workforce has left the country.
  • A dramatic increase in maternal and infant mortality. From 2015-2016, there was a 66% rise in maternal deaths and a 30% rise in infant mortality.
  • Food has also become increasingly scant, leading to a rise in the percentage of infants and pregnant mothers suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency. According to the WHO, approximately a third of infants and pregnant mothers suffer from some form of vitamin and/or mineral deficiency leading to greater rates of anemia, neural tube defects, poor growth/development and thyroid disease secondary to poor iodide intake.
  • Although private healthcare facilities exist, such facilities cater to only a small minority.

Proposed Solution

TAMRF has partnered with several public facilities in Venezuela to bring medical aid to its suffering population. Our initial focus will be on prenatal care. With the support of our generous sponsors, we aim to raise enough money to purchase 1,000 cases of baby formula and prenatal vitamins to be acquired in the U.S. and distributed by our local partners in Venezuela.

How You Can Help

Please join us for Viva Venezuela on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 (please find the invitation below). If you are unable to attend this event, please consider contributing to our efforts at http://tamrf.org/donate/. You may also follow our organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAMRF.ORG/ to learn more about TAMRF and its mission.