BOLIVIA: Volunteers seek medical instruments
The Association of Damas Salesianas in Cochabamba launches campaign to collect medical devices in fight against COVID-19
(MissionNewswire) The Association of Damas Salesianas in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in collaboration with other volunteers, has launched a campaign to collect oximeters, nebulizers and thermometers in the fight against COVID-19. The initiative was brought about thanks to the National Council of Associations of Damas Salesianas and Sister Asun Moreo, who worked with COVID-19 patients.
The campaign is seeking donations of nebulizers, oximeters or cash to buy medical instruments and devices. “Our objective is to help as many people as possible. There is no greater satisfaction than relieving the pain of others,” said Sylvia Padilla de Porro, vice president of the Association of Damas Salesianas in Bolivia.
There have been nearly 450,000 people infected with COVID-19 and 17,000 people who have died in Bolivia. Padilla de Porro added, “Today we have the opportunity to show our love for humanity by contributing through institutions where you will find an account of your donations.”
The Association of Damas Salesianas was founded in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1968 by Salesian Father Miguel González. It is a nonprofit organization, made up of Catholic women of different origins, ages and cultures who are united by a vocation to service in the Salesian spirit. They voluntarily dedicate their efforts to those most in need. This effort in Bolivia is one among many undertaken to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and has the most unequal income distribution on the continent. It is common for Bolivians to struggle to find adequate nutrition, shelter and other basic necessities. The geography of Bolivia contributes to the overwhelming poverty of its residents. Large swaths of the country remain undeveloped with a lack of roads and infrastructure.
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