With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the rapid pace at which our environment is changing, I would like to update you on changes we have made to our operations at Friends of Barnabas.
First and foremost, be aware that as an international medical organization, our work at Friends of Barnabas is as important as ever. The work we do to serve some of the most vulnerable populations is critical and our preventive health education is essential to the survival of many. This work will continue and your support is essential.
To comply with both US and Honduran government recommendations and in the best interest of our staff and volunteers, we have made the following changes:
the April Mountain Medical Team has been postponed until October 3-10,
the April NICU Team has been moved to October 27-31,
the FOB Central Office will operate remotely until further notice. Please feel free to call our office with any questions as our phones will still be staffed (804-744-5624). Drop offs can also be scheduled by calling our office number. Our work will continue but will simply be conducted differently.
the Barnabas House complex in Honduras will be staffed in shifts and will provide 2-3 months of medications to our Extended Care patients to keep as many families off mass transit as possible. Our staff will focus on education of COVID-19 prevention tactics as well as symptoms and coping measures with families and local groups.
We have worked in partnership with the Office of the Honduran Secretary of Health, hosting an event which brought together numerous representatives from local nonprofit organizations at the Barnabas House complex in an effort to educate and disseminate information.
We have also continued to work throughout the country to provide lifesaving medications and care to our patients. Our staff is working on the front lines to help those most in need.
Thank you for your partnership and for your understanding as we modify our schedule and our work environment over the coming weeks. We all have to work together for the greater good of our patients and the people of Honduras. Please remember that our work continues and we need your support.
Stay well, friends,
Erin Caldwell and the FOB staff in Richmond and Peña Blanca