SUPPORTING ISOLATED CASES IN EXTREME NEED AND HELPING CHILDREN IN CRITICAL CONDITIONS THROUGH THE PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

Logo-SpiritHopeThe Spirit of Hope of LCCF was formally born in 2014, with the creation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (UTIP), the only one of its kind throughout the state. Together with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UCIN), they provide care to minors from all the state in the most critical health conditions. Additionally, in 2016 a new program begins within LCCF that addresses the critical health needs of children who do not have the resources to cover a life-saving drug, medical test, or procedure. So far, it has been a very successful program, besides directly supporting the beneficiaries, we will be able to determine in the medium term a more precise overview of the medical specialties needed in our state.

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (UTIP)

The UTIP was born in 2014 with the main objective of achieving the accreditation of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit (UHOP) of Salvatierra Hospital. However, over the years it has proved itself by filling a large void in our state, being the only unit in Baja California Sur of this type. It not only receives patients from the UHOP, and the pediatric cardiology program, but is also used for other types of conditions. As well, it’s used to treat children who have suffered from any type of accident, brought from any public or private healthcare institution in the state. The staff that works at the UTIP is in constant training to be able to offer its users a first class service. LCCF supports the UTIP with funds for the acquisition of equipment and medical supplies necessary for its optimal operation.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UCIN)

The UCIN is the area within Salvatierra Hospital that has specialized human and technological equipment for the treatment of newborns to improve their health conditions and give them the ability to go home without complications. LCCF supports the UCIN by acquiring specialized equipment and supplies for existing equipment, necessary to continue its high-quality operation.

Pediatrics – Training

This training program arises from the need to have more medical personnel trained in first aid maneuvers and care for critically ill pediatric patients, bearing in mind that the majority of medical personnel in the state do not have a pediatric specialty nor have knowledge of neonatal or pediatric resuscitation. The training will be directed throughout the year to almost 200 nurses, paramedics and doctors from all over the state and will include the Diploma Program called “Care of the Pediatric Patient in Critical Condition” for nurses in the area of Pediatrics at Salvatierra Hospital. LCCF will support with the operating expenses and purchase of material to carry out this program in different communities of BCS.

LCCF Special Cases Program

The LCCF special cases fund was created to support children who are in critical condition and require significant financial support for drugs, medical tests, procedure or supplies that are not covered by other LCCF-supported programs and that the family can’t cover. Not only are they supported financially with the payment of the above, but they are also given guidance and managed support with other associations or medical institutions.

PROGRAM STATISTICS

HELPING CHILDREN WITH CANCER BY SUPPORTING THE PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY UNIT (UHOP FOR ITS ACRONYM IN SPANISH) IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LA PAZ, BCS

Spirit Of Joy LogoIn B.C.S., cancer is the second cause of mortality in children between 5 and 14 years of age. LCCF has provided support, since the beginning, initiatives related to this disease. Since 2012, children with cancer in B.C.S. are treated close to home and are also provided with food, transportation, lodging and psychological services. LCCF supports initiatives that focus on childhood cancer from a comprehensive approach, and that is why it becomes important to support, as well, research and collection of relevant data.

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SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON CHILDHOOD CANCER

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit (UHOP)

In 2003, when LCCF began, children with cancer in Baja California Sur were treated in the state of Sinaloa and even outside the country thanks to the management of the foundation and allied associations. For this reason, in 2012 Dr. Eduardo Altamirano moved from Sinaloa to begin treating children in the city of La Paz. In 2013, the UHOP is born, providing them with quality service near their home and family and managing to save lives through timely diagnosis. The constant training of the whole team that makes up the UHOP is key to continually providing the quality service that was recognized throughout the accreditation process of the program with the Seguro Popular in 2014. This allows them to have access to federal funds and ensures attention to our younger ones that require it. LCCF continues to support UHOP with training for staff members.

Sudcalifornia Contra el Cáncer Infantil, A.C.

SudCCaI supports children with cancer throughout the state, who receive treatment at the UHOP of Salvatierra Hospital, with transportation and medication, as well as supporting the UHOP with the necessary supplies and equipment for its operation. LCCF supports SudCCaI with funds for the acquisition of any additional medicines and supplies for UHOP.

Casa Valentina Shelter

Casa Valentina is a shelter in which the children, patients of the UHOP of Salvatierra Hospital, and their relatives or caregivers can stay during their treatments. Inside the shelter they receive, in addition to accommodation, daily food, occupational workshops and psychological therapies at no cost. LCCF supports ACV with funding for the various programs that benefit the occupants.

Fundación Mark, I.A.P.

Fundación Mark is an organization dedicated to the construction of play centers within the pediatric oncology units of different public hospitals in the country. This year they propose to start with a project to build a recreation space within Salvatierra Hospital and LCCF will support with funds for the equipment of the play center.

Registro de Cáncer de BCS, A.C.

The project to make a cancer population registry in the state of BCS began in 2016. It was created in order to have a clearer picture of cancer incidence within the state, as well as to highlight which communities have a higher rate, and to be able to create statistics that will help us in the future to have more knowledge about the conditions that favor the presence of this disease, its treatment, and possible prevention. In 2016, LCCF supported with funds that allowed the start-up and fulfillment of this project. However, it is not until April 2017, with the approval of the amendment to the General Health Law in which the creation of the National Cancer Registry is established, that the project begins to take shape.

Amigos de los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C.

ADLN operates free eye sight, hearing and dental clinics for children in Los Cabos, as well as supporting children in special cases of illness, such as cancer. It has been an ally of LCCF, since our founding, to support children with cancer and congenital heart defects. This year we will support ADLN to design a care program for oncology patients in Los Cabos, when they are not in the UHOP.

PROGRAM STATISTICS

CHILDHOOD CANCER

• Cancer is the second cause of death (after accidents) in children worldwide.

• During 2013, cancer was the leading cause of death by illness in Mexican children from 5 to 14 years of age.

• Between 2005 and 2009, Baja California Sur was the Mexican state with the largest relative incidence (new cases) of cancer in children and teenagers.

• 90% of childhood cancer cases are curable if detected early.

• In Mexico, 75% of cancer cases are detected in advanced stages, which reduces survival rates and increases the time and cost of treatment.

• The survival rate for children with cancer in Mexico after 4 years of beginning treatment is 65%. The 4-year rate in developed countries is 80%.

Symptoms Leukemia

HELPING CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS BY CONTRIBUTING TO BUILD A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

SpiritLoveCongenital Heart Defects are the second cause of mortality in children under the age of 4 in the state of Baja California Sur. Since the beginning, LCCF has been supporting cases related to heart malformations in minors. As a result in 2013, we were able to perform the first open heart surgery in B.C.S. Today we feel proud to have performed 116 additional surgeries, and to have contributed to the accreditation of the Pediatric Cardiology Program at Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, which ensures the long term care for children in the state. This has been possible thanks to the teamwork of local and foreign doctors and the sum of many joined efforts.

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Abriendo Corazones – Opening Hearts (ACOH)

Opening Hearts operates and organizes the cardiac surgery sessions, which are held twice a year at Salvatierra Hospital, as well as the constant training of the local pediatric cardiology team of said hospital. LCCF supports Opening Hearts with funds to cover operating expenses for these missions as well as training for the local pediatric cardiology staff who provide permanent care to children with congenital heart defects throughout the state.

Pediatric Cardiology

The Pediatric Cardiology Program, at Salvatierra Hospital of the Secretary of Health, was established in 2013, with the purpose of providing permanent care to the children of this state with congenital heart defects. Since 2004, the Omaha Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has been welcoming children from Baja California Sur who needed heart surgery. But now they only come twice a year to have surgery rounds at Salvatierra Hospital, in addition to training the local team involved in the program, both in Omaha as well as La Paz. Thanks to this, today it’s possible to diagnose and treat the children of our state throughout the year. The accreditation of this program has been the goal of everyone involved. LCCF continues to support this program with materials, supplies and equipment needed to provide quality service to the children of Baja California Sur.

PROGRAM STATISTICS

CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

• In Mexico there is no reliable record yet of CHD, but in the U.S. 1% of all births are affected by a CHD.

• In Mexico, congenital malformations, deformities and chromosomal abnormalities, of which congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common, are the second cause of death in children under 4 years of age.

• In Baja California Sur, CHDs are the second cause of death in children under 1 year of age.

• 25% of CHD cases will be critical and will need surgery during the first year of life.

• The average cost of treatment in a private health institution in the U.S. for each child with a CHD, is $23,000 dollars.

• Considering that in the last census of 2013, there were 12,500 births in BCS, we can estimate that we will have 100 newborns with CHD every year.

• In Europe, they perform 62 surgeries for every one million inhabitants with CHD. With the estimated population in BCS for 2015 (761,075), we can anticipate that approximately 47 babies born in 2015 will require a heart surgery at some point in their lives.

Symptoms Cardiopatias

Meet Dr. César Fireth Pozo

Dr. César Fireth Pozo, Immunoallergologist Pediatrician of the Children’s Hospital of México, was named Assistant Director of Teaching and Research at the Salvatierra Hospital in July 2017. This year, his area has a continued training program for pediatric doctors and …

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