La Fundación Simón Bolívar

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This program is the result of an agreement, subscribed in 2008, in which Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) refers Venezuelan patients to the Simón Bolívar Foundation for its approval after exhaustively determining that the illness they suffer cannot be treated in Venezuela.

Providing an integral support, thanks to an extraordinary and dedicated case management team, the Foundation ensures that its collaboration services a broad range of needs associated to the medical treatment required by qualified beneficiaries. These services include appointment scheduling, coordinating medical evaluations, pre and post-op procedures, in addition to transportation logistics from the patient’s country of residence.

The program was extended to include the shipping of medications that are not available in the country, or that require traveling out of Venezuela to obtain.

Under this program, the Simón Bolívar Foundation financially assists patients and organizations in the United States, facilitating their access to critical medical treatment according to their pathologies. Among the benefited organizations, include the following organizations:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Harris County Hospital District Foundation, Houston, TX
  • Mission of Mercy, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • St Jude Childrens Hospital, USA
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation, Chicago Illinois.

The Simón Bolívar Foundation offers financial support to low income patients with health problems that require liver transplants or other related treatments. This program is made possible by agreement with the Italian Hospital of Argentina, located in Buenos Aires, and Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).

Initially, the program was designed to provide liver transplants, which is one of the procedures that has earned the most recognition to this Argentinean medical institution. After several years of successful collaboration and taking into consideration the proven expertise of the Hospital, the Foundation modified the original program to extend its scope beyond the transplants and to leverage to a maximum the human and technological resources of the Hospital.

Through this program, 109 patients have received attention since 2008, giving them the opportunity to live a normal life after recovery.

Initially, the Simón Bolívar Foundation offered this program through financial contributions to different assistance organizations that used to take care of children and youth with severe oncological and/or hematologic pathologies and who required a bone marrow transplant.

Since 2016, the Foundation directly took over the attention of the patients referred by the Health Committee of PDVSA and it currently handles their integral attention for the bone marrow transplant. Foundation's staff also takes care of the logistics related to the transportation of the patient and her/his companion to their country of destination.

The Simón Bolívar Foundation provides medical assistance to individuals with severe auditory perception deficit, with the donation of cochlear implants, financing the surgery for the implantation and successive calibrations and speech therapy sessions.

Through this program, 552 patients have benefited from this medical assistance integral initiative.

Since 2010 the Simón Bolívar Foundation has joined efforts with other non-profit organizations to materialize donations that optimize the attention and the available resources to serve the community.

Among the beneficiated institutions the following can be highlighted:

  • J.M. de los Ríos Hospital, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela.
  • “Abraham Sumoza” Bone Marrow Transplant Unit/Carabobo State Foundation for the Attention of Hematologic Disorders (FUNCANCHEM), Valencia, Carabobo State, Venezuela.
  • Ana Teresa de Jesús Ponce Maternity and Children´s Hospital, Macuto, Vargas State, Venezuela.
  • Hospital “Dr. Rafael Medina Jiménez”, Macuto, Vargas State, Venezuela
  • “Dr. Gilberto Rodríguez Ochoa” Latin American Cardiology Children’s Hospital, Caracas, Capital District.