BBF Pharma Donation Addresses El Salvador’s Healthcare Gap
El Salvador is small but dense. With an estimated 800 people per square mile, the country has a population density 10 times greater than those of other Central American nations.
Amid housing shortages and political turmoil, El Salvador also faces economic issues—22 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Unable to afford basic healthcare, this vulnerable group turns to organizations like Community Representatives of Salvadorans Abroad (CRSA) for health services. In addition to providing on-site care at health clinics, CRSA mobilizes medical brigades to address needs in impoverished communities. Impacting 4,000 people each year, CRSA needs an ample supply of medications to sustain its services.
In a shipment to El Salvador last fall, Brother’s Brother Foundation provided medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to 26 health clinics, community centers, and nonprofit organizations, including CRSA. These organizations serve as many as 200 people each month, some of whom cannot afford prescriptions necessary to sustain their health. The donation of pharmaceuticals, which includes Atorvastatin calcium, a medication used to lower high cholesterol and prevent the risk of stroke and heart disease, has improved the quality of –if not saved—many lives.
“This donation has been a true blessing to many organizations and will be lifesaving to hundreds of people whose health will be significantly improved because of it,” Loli Sangiovanni, Food For The Poor’s in-country representative said in a statement.