Our new project "Diagnostics and Treatment of Infectious Diseases in Barquisimeto, Venezuela" is already under review by Rotary International (RI). The Rotary e-Club of Houston is the International club and the Rotary Club of Nueva Segovia is the host club.
 
This project aims to provide funding for the acquisition and installment of medical equipment and reagents necessary to establish the first molecular diagnostics laboratory for infectious diseases in Venezuela.
 
Molecular diagnosis is a valuable tool with virtually no development in the country. These modern techniques significantly increase diagnostic precision and speed, and they can also prevent unnecessary expenses and harm related to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.
 
The main beneficiary of this project will be The Venezuelan Science Incubator (VSI), a non-profit organization devoted to the study and treatment of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) using translational science: the practical application of scientific knowledge developed in the laboratory to provide health care solutions for the most vulnerable populations in the country. I'm also proud to share that The Venezuelan Science Incubator just published an article in the International Journal of Antimicrobial A­­gentswhere Rotary is mentioned as a key player in the fight against infectious diseases:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920302077
 
We are looking forward to hearing a positive response from RI soon!
 
Dr. Isis Mejias