The Nelson Mandela Auditorium of Casa África yesterday welcomed some 150 people, in an act of solidarity called Canary Islands with Mozambique: your help, your medicine, which sought to publicize the campaign that, after the passage of the cyclone Idai for Mozambique, it has been organized from the Canary Islands, through the Ágora Foundation, to collaborate with the reconstruction of the General Hospital of Beira, severely affected by this meteorological phenomenon. It is a center where specialist doctors are trained and in which dozens of people participate from the Islands. The event had the institutional presence of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS), the Government of the Canary Islands and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and detailed the actions that are being carried out, led by the team of Dr. Luis López, in order to acquire and send medicines, material and medical equipment to the hospital center.
During the event, Luis López explained, in a video that he recorded at the Madrid airport, that there is a huge need for help to overcome this emergency situation in Beira and that there are resources and instruments to get this help to those who need it. they require. His team supported this idea, along with the contacts made so far to make the donation in the most efficient way possible and more adjusted to the needs of the center.
To achieve this purpose, the Agora Foundation has opened a current account to receive donations in Bankia, which was made public yesterday: (ES41) 2038 7275 0760 0017 5408.
As a result of the passage of the cyclone, whose total balance already exceeds a thousand deaths between Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the city of Beira was flooded with water and its basic infrastructure was razed. There are serious problems caused by the lack of drinking water and electricity, health services work in precarious conditions and hundreds of cases of cholera have already been recorded. Beira Hospital, the only one in the city that serves a population of half a million inhabitants, is in urgent need of medicines and medical supplies.
Yesterday's event received a welcome from the institutions that support the project of Canarian cooperation in Mozambique and with a technical panel led by journalist José Naranjo. Precisely Naranjo reported that Idai It is not a simple natural phenomenon and it blamed an unjust global system for the magnitude of the destruction caused by the cyclone, calling for reflection on our responsibility in it.
Minutes before, the director General of Casa África, José Segura Clavell, had reminded the public of the impact that climate change is exerting on the entire planet and especially, its Southern Hemisphere, before giving way to the Deputy Minister for External Action, Luis Padilla, who gave his vision on the project and its importance, in addition to confirming the support of the Canarian Executive to it. The Vice-Rector of Communication and Social Projection of the ULPGC, María Jesús García, and the General Director of Human Resources of the SCS, Antonia María Pérez, also participated in the institutional table. The representative of the ULPGC made public that the university organizes a solidarity gala for the benefit of the Mozambican hospital, which will be held on June 21 at the University Paraninfo.
In the turn of the technicians, it was possible to take stock of the situation with the engineer Luis Talavera, who has worked in the rehabilitation of Beira Hospital, and the pharmacist Yolanda Hernández and the nurse Natalia Cabañas, responsible for the delivery of medicines and material sanitary and equipment, respectively. Finally, the event was closed by the testimony of Raquel Manuel Bacar, one of the Mozambican students who are trained at the ULPGC and originally from the city of Beira, who described her horror when observing on social networks how a centennial city, where her family and friends, was devastated in a matter of hours.
The truth is that the General Hospital of Beira hosts a pioneering project for the training of medical specialists of Unizambeze, designed and directed by López himself, responsible for international cooperation of the Canary Islands Health Service. This project has the support of the Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo of Gran Canaria, the ULPGC and the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), which on several occasions has highlighted it as an example of effective cooperation with African countries. Before the arrival of the cyclone Idai Beira, López and his team had already trained almost 200 Mozambican doctors called to strengthen the public health system in their country.