The Simón Bolívar Foundation, the private non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, has signed a grant agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). for the amount of $806,500 as part of its Humanitarian Care Medium/Large Grants program.
The IFRC will use this grant to improve health care in: communities in the Capital District; and Delta Amacuro; Barinas; and Sucre states in Venezuela through the provision of primary health care, health promotion and COVID-19 prevention services. This grant agreement will be executed in coordination with local community leaders, who will be included throughout the planning and execution phases.
“This is the second grant agreement that we have signed with the IFRC and, given the success of the first grant agreement to help vulnerable people in Venezuela, we are confident that this charity project will have a positive impact on the lives of many people in need,” said Mariela Poleo, President of the Simón Bolívar Foundation.
“This strategic alliance aligns perfectly with our approach to working with large international organizations that have the capacity to implement nationwide programs that support primary healthcare and empower the community,” she concluded.
According to the IFRC, this association is aligned with its fundamental principles, especially those of neutrality, impartiality and independence, and will help them continue working to improve primary healthcare services for vulnerable people in Venezuela. In addition, the IFRC expressed its satisfaction in continuing its successful collaboration with the Simón Bolívar Foundation that began in 2020 with a $500,000 grant to strengthen the response capacity of the IFRC’s health services in the Capital District and Bolívar State in Venezuela.
The projects supported through this new grant agreement are expected to benefit 83,000 adults, 15,000 children and 1,000 healthcare professionals. Integrated health services will be provided through a series of ‘health days’ organized in various stages. Services include triage, health education, disease prevention, medical consultation, psychosocial support, and distribution of medication and personal protective equipment (PPE).
About the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian network with more than 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, that help people in need without fear or favoritism. It responds to and prepares for disasters, provides health services to local communities, advocates for best humanitarian practices, and ensures the dignity of migrants.