Crowdfunding campaing update on supplies for Cuba
Last Friday, August 7th, the Cuban Neuroscience Centre (CNEURO) collected the donation of supplies for the completion of 250 non-invasive ventilators (also called breathing aid units or CPAP) that will be delivered to the Cuban national health network in October- November. As you know, building emergency ventilators has been part of the strategies developed in the country to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
This donation was acquired by “Cubanos en UK” thanks to the contributions of all of you during the crowdfunding campaign and consisted of:
- CPAP mask (M/L)
- Harnesses for CPAP masks
- PEEP valves
- Breathing filters
These supplies constitute the breathing circuits' parts for connecting patients to the non-invasive ventilators.
As part of the support to produce non-invasive ventilators in Cuba, "Cubanos en UK" received from University College London (UCL) the donation of a UCL-Ventura CPAP, on whose design CNEURO based the production of the Cuban units. UCL-Ventura CPAP will be used in the quality control tests of the Cuban CPAPs.
Dr Valia Rodriguez collecting the UCL-Ventura CPAP. Right panel shows a UCL-Ventura unit.
With the money raised in our crowdfunding, we also bought 5000 sterile syringes and 1600 examination gloves that will be sent to Cuba in a container coordinated by the association "Cubanos en Holanda". Different organizations and groups in Europe are sending supplies and equipment in this container to Cuba. It will be shipped from The Netherlands this month of August.
Despite the continuous challenges and obstacles resulting from the US blockade of Cuba, the country has effectively managed COVID-19 and, at the same time, it has set an example of solidarity and international collaboration sending medical brigades to other countries to fight the pandemic.
Finally, for the transparency in the use of the collected funds, we will send to all donors a message with the information regarding how the funds were employed. Invoices and proof of payment are available to donors on demand.
Dr Valia Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Dr Miriam Palacios-Callender
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