Convierte Lagrimas en Sonrisas – Turn Tears into Smiles

By Whittney Tom

The Burned Children Care Foundation presents us with an example of inspiration and action. Vivian Pellas was directly affected by the painful remnants of burns after a plane crash in Honduras. She was inspired to take action, therefore she founded APROQUEN in Central America to address the global health crisis of burns. Startlingly, fires kill more school-aged children in one year than tuberculosis or malaria. The Burned Children Care Foundation has provided over 300,000 complimentary health services to the burned children of Nicaragua and greater Central America.

In order to exponentially effect Central America’s public health crisis regarding burns, APROQUEN began the “Regional Program for the Treatment, Rehabilitation, Training and Prevention of Burned Children in Central America” in 2003. The Regional Training Program not only brings awareness to the crisis, but encourages local solutions to local problems. A free Regional Meeting of the Central American and Caribbean Burn Association promoted exchange of ideas and knowledge in August 2010. The Regional Training Program draws ideas from these partnerships and continues to put educational focus on rehabilitation, burn reconstructive surgery, nurse training, burn physical therapy, and burn patient pediatrics. The program’s training missions in Nicaragua include participants and medical students from hospitals in Florida, Maryland, Texas, and soon New York.

After the recognition from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, APROQUEN has facilitated more than 35 missions and training activities benefiting medical professionals dedicated to the treatment of burned patients in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. Act now to support this incredible and region-specific organization to continue to transform lives in Central America!

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