Venezuela is currently facing a critical humanitarian situation. There is a profound economic, social and political crisis that is depriving the Venezuelan people of their basic human rights. As a result, the country is experiencing severe food and medical shortages, depriving people access to goods and services to satisfy their basic human needs. COVID-19 has deepened the humanitarian crisis even further.
Due to the rampant crisis in the country, there has been an important increase in the number of patients with cancer. According to the foundation Sociedad Anticancerosa de Venezuela (SAV), breast cancer was the main cause of death for Venezuelan women between 2014 and 2019. In 2016, more than six women died every day for breast cancer (mainly between 55 and 64 years old). By the end of 2019, SAV estimated that new cases affected more women between 45 and 54 years old. The main reason for this increase was lack of medicines, medical supplies, treatment and professional equipment in the country.
In recent years, Venezuelan communities worldwide have joined hands to create an international network which is working together to find ways of assisting on matters of health care, medicine, food and many other goods. In VCI we have built alliances with several organizations in Venezuela and abroad such as SenoSalud-Europa, SenoSalud, SenoyVida and Fundanica which are working on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer in the country. Last year, we collected and shipped a total of 160Kg boxes from Ireland to Venezuela containing medicines and medical supplies. Our aim is to continue our work to support those breast cancer patients in most need.
We hope to continue this work with the support of the Venezuelan Community living in Ireland, as well as the generosity of Irish people and other communities who have shown huge solidarity in the past towards the devastating situation in Venezuela. We aim to send the medicines to Venezuela by the first week of November 2020.
If you would like to support, please help us to cover shipping’s costs from Ireland to Venezuela. We are also collecting the below medicines and medical supplies in case you prefer to donate the medicines instead.
You could buy them online at Boots Pharmacys in the name of the Venezuelan Community in Ireland and we will collect the medicines directly at the pharmacy. Also, you could donate used/open medicines or medical supplies as long as they are not expired. Please contact us at [email redacted] for more information about donations and collections.
Hormonotherapy, such as tamoxifen, aromasine, femara, anastrazole, hydrocortisone, Omeprazole, Pantropazole, motilium, creams and hydrotec to treat burns, antiemetics, painkillers for cancer, antibiotics (where possible).
Post-surgical dressings, post-surgical kits for drainage, surgical kits, external breast prosthesis, post-surgical bands and bras, synthetic or natural wigs, new or used in good condition, natural hair to make wigs.
We thank you in advance for your generosity and support,
VCI Executive Committee
- Maria O'Sullivan
- Diarmuid G
- Michelle Brennan
- Debbie Rennick
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