The Emergency Health Fund is thought to save young kids life affected by disease, in collaboration with the foundation “La Casa de los Niños”.
Bolivia Digna thought the Emergency Health Fund to be saved and used when necessity comes. The fund is expected to ensure that kids with highly expensive cures are supported when the family cannot afford it. When it is a matter of life or death.
In Bolivia, healthcare is expensive for diseases as HIV, Hydrocephaly, Hydranencephaly and Leukaemia, in relation to the revenues that most of the families have. A mother that works in the fields will not afford any cure for her children. The diagnosis is already too expensive sometimes. Moreover, many families might leave far away from the hospital, as much as 8-10 hours, meaning that they have to choose between seeing their own child or keep working in order to pay the hospital fees.
In this context, the fund will support families in:
- Travelling to seeing the child;
- Cover the cost of the therapy and medicines;
- Pay and arrange the trip to another country (normally Argentina or Brazil), because some surgery cannot be performed in Bolivia.
One example for what the fund is used.
Oscar P. (fantasy name), 8 years old, was diagnosed with Leukaemia, after many attempts, with a long and expensive process. 3000$ US$ have been used only for diagnosis, an amount that no peasant family can afford. The parents were separated. The mother lived 8 hours away from the city. She sold all the family’s cows at the beginning and all the sheep when Oscar had a relapse. Along with the mother’s sacrifices, the help of the foundation “La Casa de los Niños” managed to give Oscar proper healthcare and attention and last month he could go back to visit his family after 8 months.
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