HelpSV is a project within the framework of FUSODIDES, a Salvadoran non-profit organization established in January 2020. The aim of the project is to finance healthcare costs of those in need in El Salvador. We identify cases in vulnerable communities, focusing on chronic diseases and serious conditions such as cancer. In this early stage, our effort is simple. We raise funds from people around the world and handle the logistics of the purchase and delivery of the medicines. In the medium to long term, our aim is to scale our efforts and reach as many people as we can. To this purpose, we are in the process of developing our own crowdfunding platform specialized in healthcare needs. At the moment we rely on established platforms to raise funds. We are also identifying and tackling the logistic challenges of reaching thousands of people in urban and rural communities.
Key facts that motivate our project
According to the national household survey, poverty reduction in El Salvador has stagnated in the last 15 years. In a given year, between 25 and 35 percent of the population live below the national poverty line.
As a rule, people at the bottom of the income distribution have no form of medical insurance. Only 2 percent of the poorest 5th of the population have some kind of coverage. The only option for most is the public network of clinics and hospitals. These facilities are chronically understaffed and under-provisioned due to financial constraints. The situation varies accross hospitals but official statistics show that public healthcare facilities lack around 20 percent of the medicines they need to treat patients. Behind these numbers hide the stories of tens of thousands of people who have to face untreated illness.
Our project’s objective is to contribute to the solution of this problem. We firmly believe that, together, we can eradicate poverty in our country within our generation and that this effort requires that everyone plays a part, however small or big it may be.