Archive - January 2016

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#NewSponsor & #NewProject: Drawing smiles to hospitalized children
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The refugee crisis goes on
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Sustainable Development Goals
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Research for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
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Educo will give new dining scholarships

#NewSponsor & #NewProject: Drawing smiles to hospitalized children

Many years ago, without being aware of where I was going, I was lucky to witness a show of hospital clowns in paediatric ICU which would change my life” – Angie Rosales, Pallapupas Founder

And that’s how was born Pallapupas, a NGO that contributes to the humanization of hospitable processes and to the prevalence of the sick person above the disease during it process. Pallapupas confirms that humour is the fundamental tool in order to deal adverse situations that people live around the disease.

Professionals working at Pallapupas are a professional actors and actresses working together with sanitarian personal in order to adapt interventions to their needs. These professionals are drawing smiles to patients before, during (in case of local anaesthesia) and after the intervention.

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ByHours.com, the web platform that allow you booking packs of 3, 6 or 12 hours in more than 1.500 hotels from the best internationals hotel chains, has integrated Worldcoo’s cause-funding widget to help fund projects with positive social impact.

In ByHours.com the customers select the check in time adapting their bookings to their time needs. Thanks to ByHours.com, travellers that have to waiting hours during a stopover in the airport, before a meeting or quite simply people who want to enjoy the best hotels of their city and living a great experience, have the chance to save money thanks to booking of packs of hours.

From now on, the more than 60.000 customers of ByHours.com will have the possibility to make a donation each time they booked by hours in one of the more than 1.500 hotels with which ByHours has an agreement.

ByHours.com first project

ByHours.com users will be able to help professionals who working in Pallapupas and which have the aim to make children’s surgery a more human, closer and sensitive experience, may draw smiles to all hospitalized children.

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Research points that the prevention and control of anxiety and stress before a child surgery are extremely useful because it can lead to a reduction of pain, minor postoperative complications and a better postoperative recovery of affected children.

Thanks to the solidarity of ByHours users, an accompaniment to surgery and during induction of anaesthesia will be held to 68 children in Sant Joan de Déu Althaïa Hospital of Manresa for 13 weeks. In addition, they also help relatives affected by the suffering of the minor, and health personnel.

Welcome ByHours to the e-commerce with a cause group!

The Worldcoo team.

The refugee crisis goes on

The boats continue arriving to the European coasts through the Mediterranean. All the travel risks, the waves or the low temperatures are insufficient to stop all the refugees that every day trying to arrive to Europe.

The refugees arrive to European coasts exhausted, wet and frozen. They are exposed to the death but it doesn’t matter, they prefer suffer this situation before that continue living with the concern that one day a bomb may hit in their home or that a bomb may explodes near them when they are in the street.

Despite the difficulties, there is no evidence that this situation will change. From the beginning of the year, 31.500 refugees have arrived to Greece. Last year in the same period, this data was 1.700 refugees.

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Unfortunately, when refugees arrive to Europe, their situation doesn’t improve. European countries don’t know how to manage the flow of refugees neither humanistic or logistically. For example, only 322 refugees of 160.000 (that the European countries had promised) have been relocated in the whole European territory. In addition, some countries have started to monitor the number of persons who cross the borders.

For many refugees their stay in the refugee camps had to be temporally but the truth is that their stay there is becoming to a permanent stay. Low temperatures have arrived with the winter and this fact has become in a new challenge for the refugees. The reason is that if they want to have fuel for heating, they have to pay and their savings are running out. For that reason it is difficult for refugees look a future beyond the refugee camps.

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If you are an Uvinum customer you can help Oxfam Intermon to provide water, refuge and health care to help thousands of refugees who are forced to leave their homes. If you want to know more information about the project, click here.

Together we have to avoid that this situation becomes “something normal” for us. Syrian refugees still need protection and humanitarian aids.

The Worldcoo team.

Sustainable Development Goals

At the end of September 2015, 193 UN’s Member States met to endorse the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets in order to reach 3 extraordinary purposes over the next 15 years: ending extreme poverty, fight against inequalities and injustice and combat climate change.

The reason to create these 17 goals is the following, at the end of 2000 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched with a deadline of 2015 but then a new Agenda had to be created. For that reason in 2002, the countries agreed to set up an open-ended working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals. It was agreed that the summit of the new Agenda adoption would have taken place from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals looking forward to complete what the Millennium Development Goals could not accomplish. These goals are broad and ambitious in scope as the interconnected elements of sustainable development will be addressed: the economic growth, social inclusion and the environment protection. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasising that no one should be left behind.

In the following image we show you the 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goals

With the 2016 arrival, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has started. Since the beginning of 2016 until December 31, 2030, different economies, companies and citizens of the world will have to follow the itinerary marked by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.” – said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UNEP has created an interactive page where you can find out more about different points that make up each goal. Furthermore, you will be able to use an interactive resource where you may discover the different pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Worldcoo team.  

Research for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

Primary Immunodeficiency diseases (PIDD) are a defect in the immune system that is caused by a genetic alteration. People that suffer this defect in their immune system are more likely to suffer infections and these infections are more dangerous than normal.

Globally, 1 of 2.000 live births is born with some alteration in their immune system. The 90% of people that suffer some Immunodeficiency are diagnosed in childhood, usually in the first years of their life.

There are more than 200 kinds of Primary Immunodeficiency diseases which are classified in 8 big groups according to their characteristics. Unfortunately, there are great ignorance by population and the doctors who are the first to have to diagnose the disease, in other words, the paediatricians and primary care physicians.

The Infection in Immunocompromised Pediatric Patients group and the Immunology group at Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR) have started to collect blood samples from patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases in order to be a part of the Immunology Bank of the HUVH Biobank. The aim of the groups to collect and preserve blood samples from patients with rare diseases caused by PIDD in order to improve the identification techniques and for characterization of mutations of patients.

Research for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

The compilation of the blood samples from patients with Primary Immunodeficiency diseases will allow:

  • The Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases are a genetic defect inherited from father to sons; the research will allow counsel future gestations.
  • The research will allow that different cases will be reviewed and maybe get a final diagnosis that allow offering a new opportunity of treatment.
  • The research will also help to know the genetic defect that can suffer the patient. Nowadays, sometimes, a patient is diagnosed with PIDD but the doctors don’t know his genetic defects in his immune system.
  • A patient with PIDD may die because of this disease. If the researchers have a sample of this patient they may study why the defects in his immune system have caused his death.
  • The research will allow collaborating with other research centres both in the State and International level. Many kinds of PIDD are less frequently than others and it is necessary to study patients from other parts of the world. The collaboration is fundamental to help study and diagnose these rare diseases.

Thanks to the progress in research of this kind of diseases, a child called Didac, he is treated in the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, has been benefited. This is his story:

“Juan was a child who died because of suffers an immunodeficiency disease. Juan died days after his brother Didac was born. When Didac had 6 months, his doctor recommended to his parents go visit the doctors of Vall d’Hebron Hospital because his brother had died because of a immunodeficiency disease, this disease was genetic and maybe Didac could have the same disease of his brother. Ten days later, the doctors confirmed that Didac suffers a defect in his immune system.

Nowadays, Didac has 4 years and, thanks to the research of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases, the doctors have found the mutation causing to Didac a genetic defect. Thanks to this, two month ago, a bone marrow transplant was made to Didac and now he is slowly recovering” – You can read more information about Didac here.

As you see, the future of Didac and many other children depends of the research. For this reason we encourage you to collaborate with Nicequest in the project that has the aim to help to continue researching to identify and characterize the different mutations that suffer the patients with Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases.

The Worldcoo team.

Educo will give new dining scholarships

In early September the NGO Educo informed us about the increase of grandparents that had provided economic aids to their sons and grandchildren. Specifically, the 80% of the grandparents had given an average of 290€ per month as an economic aid to assist their families.

According to Educo with INE data, the 57% of grandparents explains that their  personal and welfare situation are getting worst because of the economic difficulties that their family are suffering, as more than 700.000 families had no income the first trimester 2015, this data are almost the double than 2007.

For this reason and concurring with the new school year, Educo began a new scholarship dining campaign with the aim to give support to families in need and to guarantee that children from families facing economic hardship receive a least one meal a day.

The alliance between Educo and Redcoon continues and, from the beginning of September, the clients of Redcoon have been making donations to help all the children living at risk of poverty.

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One more time, Redcoon customers have demonstrated that they want to finish with childrens poverty. Thanks to their solidarity, 6.000€ have been raised with whom 2.400 healthy and equilibrated meals will be provided to different Spanish schools.

Many Spanish households have big difficulties to makes ends meet. Many families only eat meat, chicken or fish every two days and this fact hurt the children growth living in these homes.

Educo’s dining scholarships will guarantee a healthy daily meal to all the children living in a poverty situation and also help the situation of the children family. Moreover, this kind of grants have additional benefits to those children who couldn’t access to their school lunchrooms. It is proven that afternoon absenteeism is reduced by 100% and helps improve school performance and boost self-esteem. Furthermore, increase the time children spend in a safe, warm, comfortable and protective environment.

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To continue helping the maximum number of children living at poverty situation, Redcoon will continue raising funds. Thanks to the collaboration of its clients, Educo will be able to provide more dining scholarships and thus eliminate the malnutrition that many Spanish children are suffering and, at the same time, Educo help them to increase their school performance and their self-esteem.

Thanks to Redcoon and its clients for their solidarity and for continue helping to fight against childrens poverty in Spain.

The Worldcoo team.

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