Improvement of health conditions for the victims of armed conflict in the Colombian Pacific Coast


Colombian Pacific Coast Region (Chocó, Cauca, Valle and Nariño)
Cooperation years:
Host country's participants:
Italocolombian foundation of Monte Tabor
Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
Implementing agency:

Project Aim

To contribute to the improvement of health conditions and risk management of the population of the Colombian Pacific Coast, victim of the armed conflict and without access to basic health services. Reduce the morbidity and mortality of the population of the Pacific Coast affected by the armed conflict and improve the quality and accessibility of health care and the resilience of the community in disaster risk management.

Background of the Project

The project represents Phase II of the intervention carried out between 2018 and 2019. It is also implemented in Colombia in the Districts near the Pacific coast of Chocó, Cauca, Valle and Nariño. Since there are no treatment strategies to bring health services closer to these communities where the population has multiple difficulties in terms of access to health services, the objective of the Project is to directly reach the victims of the armed conflict to provide health services with the San Raffaele Hospital Ship  to help reduce morbidity and mortality. 
In this Phase II, an element of risk management in partnership with the Meritorious Voluntary Firefighters Brigade of Cali has been added to the project. The project will try to strengthen local knowledge and skills both in disease prevention and health promotion, as well as in integrated risk management. With regard to the treatment of victims of disasters and epidemiological events, the coordination of medical response actions in case of emergency will be improved with the establishment and implementation of an Emergency Medical Team (E.M.T.) for timely action, as well as providing technical assistance to hospitals, in coordination with national, departmental and municipal systems and relief agencies, also to address COVID-19 emergencies. The hospital ship is the result of the collaboration between AISPO and the Italo Colombian Foundation of Mount Tabor and is funded by the Directorate General for Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).

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Objectives achieved

5 mission and four pre-mission were implemented by the Hospital Boat, total beneficiaries of the project from April to November 2020 are 12.207. 99,7% of the patients who received health care thanks to the Hospital Boat are satisfied. The medical staff of the San Raffaele Hospital Boat and of the extramural brigades assisted 9.569 beneficiaries in Primary Health Care and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The paediatrician examined 1.006 children from 0 to 10 years of age on growth and development, for a total number of 1.959 consultations. 253 clinical psychology consultations were carried out. 2.056 people took part to awareness activities on health promotion, healthy lifestyle, and education on prevention of COVID-19 infection. 6.000 general medical consultations were implemented, including 4.993 laboratory tests, and 823 referrals, for a total of 11.816 consultations. The Emergency Medical Team has been fully trained and was already been deployed in a mission, the EMT medical truck has been purchased and is fully equipped and operative.


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