Covid-19 Special Appeal 2020


With the generous support from our friends all over the world, we managed to raise £21,000 and donate essential PPE equipment to key hospitals in Colombia in Bogotá (Hospital Universitario Mederi), Cali (Hospital Universitario Mederi), La Dorada (ESE Salud Dorada Caldas), Ocaña (Hospital Emiro Quintero Cañizares) and Barrancabermeja (ESE Barrancabermeja) for all the medical staff working there tirelessly. These key institutions, located in areas of severe impact, are playing a key role in saving lives and FOCSA is very proud to have helped during these challenging times.

FOCSA also additionally donated £10,000 worth of essential PPE equipment various hospitals in Cauca (ESE Guapi), Chocó (Hospital San Francisco de Asis and Hospital Local Ismael Roldan Valencia of Quibdo) , Casanare (ESE Centro de Salud de Monterrey), Guajira (Hospital Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Riohacha, Hospital de San Juan del Cesar and Hospital San Jose de Maicao)  and in Tolima (Hospital San Rafael ESE Dolores).

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We are delighted to share with you that FOCSA donated 1,000 face masks to very vulnerable hospitals and foundations such as the Colsubsidio Clinic in Bogota that treats children with Leukemia!

Special Appeal 2018


The Fundación Cardioinfantil - Instituto de Cardiología (FCI-IC) - April 2019 - £56,789



The Fundación Cardioinfantil - Instituto de Cardiología (FCI-IC) is a not- for-profit organisation offers high quality medical attention to children and adults with very complex cardiovascular illnesses. Their mission is to treat all children, regardless of their parents’ income or social status, who require specialised medical interventions that are not always available in other health institutions in Colombia. Approximately 70% of the children treated come from lower income back- grounds.

The FCI, as a Fourth-tier hospital in the Colombian health service classification, receives many referrals of children whose pathologies cannot be treated elsewhere. At times, some of these children cannot be given the medical care that they urgently need as the FCI-IC does not have enough beds or specialised equipment. For this reason, they decided to create a new, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to increase the number of children they help from 450 to 700, which means that they will also require additional equipment. FOCSA with your help donated two High frequency ventilators that have different specifications and serve different purposes allowing the hospital to currently look after 600 children per year approximately.

The clinical treatment is supported by educational, investigative and social responsibility  programmes and is centred on the patient but also involves the family from the start. 3,760 children were admitted to the Paediatric Ward in 2017.


Special Appeal 2016



The Arhuacos are a profoundly spiritual, peaceful people who value their independence and traditions. Approxima­tely 45,000 live in the Arhuaco Indigenous Reserve – between the Caribbean Sea and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. The Arhuacos live dispersed over a wide area, and practice a subsistence economy, working the land and making handicrafts. There are very few roads; some isolated places can only be reached by foot or on horseback. 


The WINTUKWA IPSI is the regional health institution which takes care of the primary medical needs of over 10,500 young children and 9,900 are women of reproductive age. On average they treat 1,150 children and 300 pregnant women per month. FOCSA has been asked to help because they are going through a difficult period due to climate change and other changes affecting their crops and water supplies. As a result there is hunger, malnutrition and illness, particularly in the most vulnerable groups of children, mothers and old people.


With your help, we have donated basic but essential medical equipment to the Nabusimake, Jewrwa and Simonorwa Health Centres. They have dedicated medical teams including doctors, nurses, bacteriologists and health promoters. While the infrastructure of the Health Centres is adequate, they lack even the most basic equipment required for diagnosis and primary care: Fetal Dopplers, Blood Pressure Monitors, Nebulizers and Vital Signs Monitors.  Now the Arhuacos receive care from a health centre closer to their villages, without the expense and risk of having to travel for several hours in hazardous conditions to the nearest city. 


3 Health Centres - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - October 2016 - £20,000

Hospital Universitario Troconis -  August 2016 - £5,000

We donated a specialised closed incubator for the neonatal intensive care unit. This is vital for the intensive care of critically ill babies and children suffering from diseases such as renal failure, convulsions, very low birth weight or respiratory complications. 

Special Appeal 2014

Hospital Universitario Rafael Henao Toro - Manizales - May 2015 - £33,000

Our Special Appeal for 2014 was targeted to help a hospital located in the Colombian Coffee Region. The "Hospitalito" is a crutial and important institution in the region for children of all ages.


We suceeded in raising £33,000 which were desperately needed to buy the surgical medical equipment for this inspiring and non-profit institution that offers secondary and tertiary care to children and teenagers in the coffee area, being the only entity with these facilities in the region. 


Among the equipment donated were 1 surgical ceiling lamp, 1 intubation lamp, 1 Fiberscope, 1 Dermatome and key surgical intruments they required.

Special Appeal 2013

Fundación Madre Bernarda Butler - Clinica la Asunción - Feb 2014 - £36,500

Our 2013 appeal, under the name of “Carnival of Hope” set out with a very ambitious target to raise enough funds to buy 1 transport incubator, 1 vital signs monitor and associated ventilator, 1 closed incubator and 2 phototherapy lamps for the paediatric ward and intensive care unit at Clinica La Asuncion, Barranquilla.


The clinic was in urgent need of special neonatal equipment provided by FOCSA which was necessary for the safe movement of babies between the labour and neonatal intensive care wards. With your help we were able to raise £36,500 to provide this important equipment which was delivered to the hospital in February this year.

ESE Hospital San Juan de Dios, Pensilvania

Sept 2020 - £2,400

1 Pulse oximeter, 1 Children's hospital bed, 1 Weighing scale, 1 Baby's tallimeter, 1 Neurological paediatric wheelchair, 1 Paediatric Vital Signs Monitor

Hospital Universitario Hernando Moncaleano, Neiva

Feb 2020 - £16,800

Hypothermia machine.

ESE Centro de Salud, Toca

Jan 2020 - £2,500

Dental equipment and equipment for medical consultation. 

Fundación Pequeño Corazón, Manizales

Jan 2020 - £7,750

2 Holter recorders and other related equipment.

Fundación Colombiana de Cirugia plastica y Reconstructiva, Bucaramanga

Jan 2020 - £8,700

Radiofrequency scalpel.

ESE Hospital Regional, Sogamoso

Nov 2019 - £12,825

Bilirubinometer, pediatric Electrocardiograph, Defibrillator.

Fundación Frasili, Tipacoque

Oct 2019 - £4,600

3 wheelchairs, equipment for different therapies.

Fundación Cardio Infantil, Bogota

Aug 2019 - £1,100

Ambulatory blood pressure monitor.

CEDESNID, Bogotá, Fusa, Ibague

Nov 2019 - £5,000

20 wheelchairs, 5 wheelchairs with toilet and various therapy equipment.

Fundación Hoasis El Refugio, Cúcuta

Nov 2019 - £4,550

10 wheelchairs, 37 metal beds with mattresses and other equipment.

ITSOR, Institucion Educacional Niño Jesus de Praga, Ibague

Apr 2019 - £8,600

7 UHD Television sets to connect with the main clinic.

Fundacion Laura Vicuña, Armenia

Apr 2019 - £1,800

Defibrillator and eqipment for Consulting room. 

Hospital del Magdalena Medio, Barrancabermeja

Nov 2018 - £9,800

Radiant heat lamp, fetal twin Monitor, fetal Doppler.

Instituto Roosevelt, Bogotá

Aug 2018 - £4,750

Electrosurgical unit

Fundación Protección de la Joven Amparo de Niñas, Bogotá

Apr 2018 - £5,400

Dental Unit and small equipment for a consulting room.

Fundación Nacional Batuta, Bogotá

Apr 2018 - £6,000

Specially adapted musical instruments for 600 children with special needs.

Tiempo de Juego Cazucá, Bogotá

Mar 2018 - £1,000

160 Football uniforms: T-shirts, shorts and socks.

Centro de Vida los Angeles, Tocancipá

Feb 2018 - £15,370

9 adjustable electric hospital beds and 9 electric cribs with antiscratch mattresses.

Comunidad de las Hijas de María Auxiliadora, Guachené.

Feb 2018 - £200

Freezer and water filters.

Hospital José Maria Hernández, Mocoa

Jan 2018 - £10,300

A transport Incubator equipment for physiotherapy.

Escuelas Catatumbo, Ocaña

Dec 2017 - £4,700

700 raincoats.

Puesto Salud Cartagena de Indias, Corozal

Jul 2017 - £1,000

Portable Dental Unit and accessories.

ICAL Instituto Colombiano de Audicion y Lenguaje, Bogotá & Chia

Jan 2018 - £2,800

Inventis Basic Audiometer

Hospital Federico Lleras, Human Milk Bank - Ibagué

Dec 2017 - £4,200

Human Milk extractor and water purifier.

Fundación Amadehu, Ibagué

Aug 2017 - £250

Tableware and Kitchenware,1 printer HP J4660

Clínica Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Barú

April 2017 - £4,000

1 dental units, 1 compresor, 2 fetal dopplers, 2 mechanical baby scale.

Fundacion Jardin de la Niña Maria - Bogotá

March 2017 - £1,200

A Whirlpool washing machine and dryer for the girls personal care.

Hogar Nazareth Cristo Maestro, Bogota

Feb 2017 - £4,500

​Donation of a paediatric consultancy room for emergencies: examination bed, oxygen, pulse oximeter, senses diagnostic set, paediatric Tensiometer, 12 beds with bedside tables.

Hospital San Jose de Mariquita - Tolima

Dec 2016 - £4,000

Paediatric nebuliser, paediatric dentistry instrumental, senses diagnostic set, pulse oximeter with neonatal and paediatric sensor, portable venous illuminator, paediatric bed, digital baby scale.

Asociación Creemos en Ti - Bogotá

Dec 2016 - £4,000

Computers to treat psychological abused children.

Fundación Madre Canguro, Medellin

July 2016 - £7,900

Bilirubinometer and Biliblanket for premature babies.

FIRE Centro Colombiano de Epilepsia, Cartagena

March 2016 - £10,800

Portable ventilator for young adults and children.

Fundación FIDEC, Barranquilla

Dec 2015 - £1,900

Stimulation equipment for severely disabled children with neurological disorders.

Fundación Diversidad - Medellin

Dec 2015 - £3,500

Multisensorial equipment to stimulate severeley disabled children.

Fundación Camino a la Esperanza (FUCAES) - Bogotá

June 2015 - £1,000

1 Wheelchair, 5 floor mattresses and other crucial items for the rehabilitation of severely disabled children taken care of by a community mother in her own house.

Hospital San Juan de Dios - Rio Sucio, Caldas

June 2015 - £10,000

2 closed and 2 open incubators that were delivered after a flooding of the mines in the area.

Centro de Salud - Corregimiento Buenos Aires - Sur Bolivar

June 2015 - £5,000

1 Delivery bed, 2 portable Oxigen tanks, 1 Solar fridge, 1 Stretcher, 2 Drip Stands, 1 Nebuliser and other minor items.

Hogares Luz y Vida - Bogotá

Feb 2015 - £1,700

1 Portable defibrillator to help the institution with specialised cardiovascular emergency resuscitation equipment. 

Fundación Amadehu - Ibague

Sept 2014 - £1,500

Various small surgical items to furnish the hospital’s paediatric ward with equipment to provide vital care to children and babies.


Hogar Santa Rita de Cascia - Bogotá

Oct 2014 - £20,000

Provision of 10 specialised Beds and 10 paediatric beds to increase the hospital’s ward capacity.

E.S.E Hospital San Pio X Caracoli - Antioquia

March 2014 - £6,000

Donation of an open incubator, neonatal beds and mattresses and a neonatal respiratory support unit to improve the hospital's ability to treat vulnerable new born and young children in the paedriatic ward of this hospital which serves a very needy and isolated infant community in the west Colombian region of Antioquia.

Hospital Mario Gaitan Yanguas - Soacha

June 2012 - £12,500

With the help of sponsorship funds raised by one of our loyal supporters Felipe Posada, when he ran the London British 10K 2012, FOCSA was able to donate a Closed Incubator, Vital Signs Monitor and Phototherapy Lamp to this deserving hospital. 

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