In response to a lack of primary healthcare for undocumented migrants, mainly Venezuelan refugees, in the Caribbean region we created Fundashon Salú pa Tur (Foundation Health for All).
We have heard devastating stories from many migrants in the region. We have witnessed long hospital admissions and even losses of life caused by an inability to access primary care. We have seen many cases in which diseases were treated late and the consequences of this could have been prevented.
Access is currently limited mainly due to financial constraints and a fear of local authorities.
We aim to set up primary care clinics to provide a safe space for migrants to access a general practitioner and receive pregnancy check-ups. A large part of our efforts will be directed towards preventive measures (vaccination, blood pressure check-ups, diabetes care, etc). Furthermore, we would like to fund secondary care such as hospital deliveries, admissions and surgeries as well as laboratory tests. Funds will be used to cover all of the above aspects of the foundation as well as facility rent, materials and salaries of local staff. We are not a commercial institution and will depend largely on volunteers. More than 90% of our budget goes directly towards care for the migrants.
We are looking for funding to set up our first clinic on the island of Curacao and hope to later expand to surrounding islands. As there is no option to open a gofundme campaign in the Caribbean, funds will be directed through the Netherlands and transferred to accounts in each country where a clinic will be opened. I will be responsible for transferring the funds and our board will receive unrestricted access to the accounts that money will be transferred into. I am a licensed physician from Delft, the Netherlands and have been working in Curacao in obstetrics and gynaecology for a little over one year.
Our foundation will start with the current board of three people: a retired obgyn (president), an accountant (treasurer) and myself (secretary).
We are working together with the local government and registered as a Foundation with the Chamber of Commerce in Curacao. We are collaborating with international organisations such as UNHCR, Venex and Human Rights Caribbean.