The campaign in support of the Institute of Tropical Medicine is called “Help us continue to help,” and donations are accepted through various platforms and international bank accounts so that people at home and abroad can collaborate. The information is on their social networks and on their website.
Caracas. On about 84 occasions Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). Very low salaries and poor infrastructural conditions are other reasons that jeopardize this health and research center that could close its doors. The only stick they chose to rely on was the help of family, friends, graduates and ordinary people who made monetary donations.
Several factors have weakened the Institute of Tropical Medicine. In March In 2016, they closed facilities for several weeks as a result of a mass robbery. After that, although they could hire private insurance, the institute was robbed again on several occasions. Added to this is the lack of funding for the sustainability of equipment and infrastructure.
Dr. Belkisyolé Alarcón, director of the institute, commented Chronicle one that is another important point 50% staff reduction, by resignation or retirement, without a proper replacement of human talent. The low wages of the Ucevists force them to seek additional sources of income which, according to Alarcón, lead them to neglect their professional or technical activities.
At the Institute of Tropical Medicine, they have many priorities that intertwine to achieve the desired research and medical care. Some of the repairs that need to be done urgently, details of Alarcon, are the roof, facade, bathrooms, auditorium, laboratories, refrigerators, freezers, computers and accessories, as well as supplies and reagents to cover the cost of diagnostic tests.
Tropical medicine in Venezuela was institutionalized as an area of research, teaching, and practice in the early 20th century. However, it was not until 1945 that Dr. Félix Pifano Capdevielle was able to determine the creation of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, and in 1956 the creation of the Institute building within the UCV was achieved.
The institute’s medical consultations dropped significantly over the period March-December 2020 before the decree on the first cases of COVID-19 in the country. At the time, staff were conducting diagnostic tests for Chagas disease and toxoplasmosis, and when the patient received a positive test, they were making recommendations. They also got insects that people collected at home for identification triatomino Chagas vectors.
Then, from January 2021, consultations cardiology, infectology, mycology, and intestinal parasitosis, mostly during quarantine mitigation weeks.
Blood samples are taken daily, Monday through Thursday, to diagnose toxoplasmosis and Chagas disease.“explained Alarcón.
Faced with all the hardships, Alarcón emphasized this they did not give up and applied for international projects it will be announced soon. In any case, damage to infrastructure, replacement of equipment, insecurity and, above all, decent funding for staff who still remain working hard on research projects are factors that add up. Alarcón warned that if they are not paid attention, at some point they may be a reason to stop the rhythm of an institution that is already working at half speed.
He explained that the goal is to obtain funding to improve the institute Technical Council, the group “Tropical Medicine Forever”, advisors of the Tepuy-IMT initiative and all teachers, students and friends who join this goal.
Special mention is made of the association of former students, which has accompanied us from the beginning on the issue of donations. They are actually a fundraising channel“Alarcón emphasized.
Alarcón pointed out that they had been subjected to harsh tests for several years, including survive as researchers in the clinical-epidemiological and basic research area. However, he stressed that they were able to investigate and publish despite the adversity. “I encourage the generation that will take our positions and I ask the youngest not to lose heart, not to migrate, and I motivate those who migrate to return. I have no doubt we will succeed, but with help“said the director of the institute.
The campaign in support of the Institute of Tropical Medicine is called “Help us continue to help. “ and donations are accepted through various platforms and international bank accounts so that people at home and abroad can collaborate. The information can be found on their social networks (@imt_ucv) and on their website.
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– Institute of Tropical Medicine UCV (@imt_ucv) March 30, 2021